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Doris Lessing Quotes: "A simple grateful thought turned heavenwards is the most perfect prayer."

A simple grateful thought turned heavenwards is the most perfect prayer.




Doris Lessing Quotes: "Whatever you're meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible."

Whatever you're meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.




Doris Lessing Quotes: "If a fish is the movement of water embodied, given shape, then cat is a diagram and pattern of subtle air."

If a fish is the movement of water embodied, given shape, then cat is a diagram and pattern of subtle air.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "Every child has the capacity to be everything."

Every child has the capacity to be everything.




Doris Lessing Quotes: "Any human anywhere will blossom in a hundred unexpected talents and capacities simply by being given the opportunity to do so."

Any human anywhere will blossom in a hundred unexpected talents and capacities simply by being given the opportunity to do so.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "Things are not quite so simple always as black and white."

Things are not quite so simple always as black and white.




Doris Lessing Quotes: "You have to be grown up, really grown up, not merely in years, to understand your parents."

You have to be grown up, really grown up, not merely in years, to understand your parents.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "There is nothing more boring for an intelligent woman than to spend endless amounts of time with small children."

There is nothing more boring for an intelligent woman than to spend endless amounts of time with small children.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "Trust no friend without faults, and love a woman, but no angel."

Trust no friend without faults, and love a woman, but no angel.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way."

That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "Argument does not teach children or the immature. Only time and experience does that."

Argument does not teach children or the immature. Only time and experience does that.




Doris Lessing Quotes: "In university they don't tell you that the greater part of the law is learning to tolerate fools."

In university they don't tell you that the greater part of the law is learning to tolerate fools.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "It is terrible to destroy a person's picture of himself in the interests of truth or some other abstraction."

It is terrible to destroy a person's picture of himself in the interests of truth or some other abstraction.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "As you get older, you don't get wiser. You get irritable."

As you get older, you don't get wiser. You get irritable.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "Envy has always hidden behind moral indignation."

Envy has always hidden behind moral indignation.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "It is my belief that children are full of understanding and know as much as and more than adults, until they are about seven, when they suddenly become stupid, like adults."

It is my belief that children are full of understanding and know as much as and more than adults, until they are about seven, when they suddenly become stupid, like adults.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "Think wrongly, if you please, but in all cases think for yourself."

Think wrongly, if you please, but in all cases think for yourself.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "Small things amuse small minds."

Small things amuse small minds.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "I didn't go to school much, so I taught myself what I knew from reading."

I didn't go to school much, so I taught myself what I knew from reading.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "Parents should leave books lying around marked "forbidden" if they want their children to read."

Parents should leave books lying around marked "forbidden" if they want their children to read.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "There is only one real sin and that is to persuade oneself that the second best is anything but second best."

There is only one real sin and that is to persuade oneself that the second best is anything but second best.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "It is the mark of great people to treat trifles as trifles and important matters as important."

It is the mark of great people to treat trifles as trifles and important matters as important.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven't changed in seventy or eighty years. Your body changes, but you don't change at all. And that, of course, causes great confusion."

The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven't changed in seventy or eighty years. Your body changes, but you don't change at all. And that, of course, causes great confusion.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "A public library is the most democratic thing in the world. What can be found there has undone dictators and tyrants."

A public library is the most democratic thing in the world. What can be found there has undone dictators and tyrants.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "Hitler admired Stalin, quite properly seeing himself as a mere infant in crime compared to his great exemplar."

Hitler admired Stalin, quite properly seeing himself as a mere infant in crime compared to his great exemplar.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "In the writing process, the more a story cooks, the better."

In the writing process, the more a story cooks, the better.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "I wanted to write about my mother as she should have been if she had not been messed up by World War I."

I wanted to write about my mother as she should have been if she had not been messed up by World War I.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "The Nobel Prize is run by a self-perpetuated committee. They vote for themselves and get the world's publishing industry to jump to their tune."

The Nobel Prize is run by a self-perpetuated committee. They vote for themselves and get the world's publishing industry to jump to their tune.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "I always hated Tony Blair, from the beginning."

I always hated Tony Blair, from the beginning.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "You know, when I was a girl, the idea that the British Empire could ever end was absolutely inconceivable. And it just disappeared, like all the other empires."

You know, when I was a girl, the idea that the British Empire could ever end was absolutely inconceivable. And it just disappeared, like all the other empires.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "If you read, you can learn to think for yourself."

If you read, you can learn to think for yourself.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "We spend our lives fighting to get people very slightly more stupid than ourselves to accept truths that the great men have always known."

We spend our lives fighting to get people very slightly more stupid than ourselves to accept truths that the great men have always known.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "People are just cannibals unless they leave each other alone."

People are just cannibals unless they leave each other alone.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "What is a hero without love for mankind."

What is a hero without love for mankind.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "The freedom of women was achieved by two things: One, the Pill. Two... by labour-saving devices like the washing machine. By science, not feminism."

The freedom of women was achieved by two things: One, the Pill. Two... by labour-saving devices like the washing machine. By science, not feminism.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "I have a daughter and two grand-daughters and a great grandson in Africa, in Cape Town."

I have a daughter and two grand-daughters and a great grandson in Africa, in Cape Town.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "Every spendthrift passion has its attendant courtiers."

Every spendthrift passion has its attendant courtiers.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "I am interested only in stretching myself, on living as fully as I can."

I am interested only in stretching myself, on living as fully as I can.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "we have not yet developed a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination."

we have not yet developed a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "So love is rest? The cosy corner? The little nook? Sometimes it ought to be. Sometimes it is."

So love is rest? The cosy corner? The little nook? Sometimes it ought to be. Sometimes it is.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "Borrowing is not much better than begging; just as lending with interest is not much better than stealing."

Borrowing is not much better than begging; just as lending with interest is not much better than stealing.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "You only learn to be a better writer by actually writing."

You only learn to be a better writer by actually writing.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "Women often get dropped from memory, and then history."

Women often get dropped from memory, and then history.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "What matters most is that we learn from living."

What matters most is that we learn from living.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "There is no doubt fiction makes a better job of the truth."

There is no doubt fiction makes a better job of the truth.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "I treasure solitude. One doesn't have to have human contact."

I treasure solitude. One doesn't have to have human contact.



Doris Lessing Quotes: "You have to give up a great deal of life, your personal life, to be a writer."

You have to give up a great deal of life, your personal life, to be a writer.