• What's terrible is to pretend that second-rate is first-rate. To pretend that you don't need love when you do; or you like your work when you know quite well you're capable of better

    Doris Lessing
  • Trust no friend without faults, and love a woman, but no angel

    Doris Lessing
  • A public library is the most democratic thing in the world. What can be found there has undone dictators and tyrants: demagogues can persecute writers and tell them what to write as much as they like, but they cannot vanish what has been written in the past, though they try often enough...People who love literature have at least part of their minds immune from indoctrination. If you read, you can learn to think for yourself

    Doris Lessing
  • I am a person who continually destroys the possibilities of a future because of the numbers of alternative viewpoints I can focus on the present

    Doris Lessing
  • You simply don't get to be wise, mature, etc., unless you've been a raving cannibal for thirty years or so

    Doris Lessing
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