Rebecca West

British writer (born in Ireland) (1892-1983)

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Man is a hating rather than a loving animal.
All men should have a drop of treason in their veins, if nations are not to go soft like so many sleepy pears.
Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
Before a war military science seems a real science, like astronomy but after a war it seems more like astrology.
Before a war military science seems a real science, like astronomy; but after a war it seems more like astrology.
God forbid that any book should be banned. The practice is as indefensible as infanticide.
He is every other inch a gentleman.
I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is; I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.
I wonder if we are all wrong about each other, if we are just composing unwritten novels about the people we meet?
I...have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is. I only know that people call me a feminist when I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat, or a prostitute.
In England and America a beard usually means that its owner would rather be considered venerable than virile; on the continent of Europe it often means that its owner makes a special claim to virility.
It's the soul's duty to be loyal to its own desires. It must abandon itself to its master passion.
Journalism is the ability to meet the challenge of filling space.
Just how difficult it is to write biography can be reckoned by anybody who sits down and considers just how many people know the real truth about his or her love affairs.
Just how difficult it is to write biography can be reckoned by anybody who sits down and considers just how many people know they real truth about his or her love affairs.
Life ought to be a struggle of desire toward adventures whose nobility will fertilize the soul.
Most works of art, like most wines, ought to be consumed in the district of their fabrication.
Now different races and nationalities cherish different ideals of society that stink in each other's nostrils with an offensiveness beyond the power of any but the most monstrous private deed.
People call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.
People call me feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.
The main difference between men and women is that men are lunatics and women are idiots.
The point is that nobody likes having salt rubbed into their wounds, even if it is the salt of the earth.
There is no such thing as conversation. It is an illusion. There are intersecting monologues, that is all.
There was a definite process by which one made people into friends, and it involved talking to them and listening to them for hours at a time.

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