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Quotations From DORIS LESSING

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  • 1.
    We use our parents like recurring dreams, to be entered into when needed.
    Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British novelist. A Small Personal Voice, "My Father," p. 83, Random House (1975).
  • 2.
    Children can't be a center of life and a reason for being. They can be a thousand things that are delightful, interesting, satisfying, but they can't be a wellspring to live from. Or they shouldn't be.
    Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British author. As quoted in Woman to Woman, by Julia Gilden and Mark Riedman, 1994.

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  • 3.
    So that this beautiful realm of hers was held in her mind extended, or lengthened: it had been finite, bounded, known utterly and in every detail, self-enclosed ... but now it lapped and rippled out and upwards beyond there into hinterlands that were like unknown possibilities in her own mind.
    Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British novelist. Al*Ith, in The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four, and Five, p. 61, Knopf (1980).

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  • 4.
    Space or science fiction has become a dialect for our time.
    Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British novelist. Guardian (London, 7 Nov. 1988).

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  • 5.
    This world is run by people who know how to do things. They know how things work. They are equipped. Up there, there's a layer of people who run everything. But we—we're just peasants. We don't understand what's going on, and we can't do anything.
    Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British novelist. Dorothy, in The Good Terrorist, p. 330 (1985).

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  • 6.
    When old settlers say "One has to understand the country," what they mean is, "You have to get used to our ideas about the native." They are saying, in effect, "Learn our ideas, or otherwise get out; we don't want you."
    Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British novelist. The Grass is Singing, ch. 1 (1950).
  • 7.
    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 (b. 1919), British novelist. Sunday Times: Books (London, May 10, 1992).

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  • 8.
    You can't be a Red if you're married to a civil servant.
    Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British novelist. Stella to Martha Quest, in A Proper Marriage, ch. 1, p. 20, Simon and Schuster (1952).

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  • 9.
    What a phenomenon it has been—science fiction, space fiction—exploding out of nowhere, unexpectedly of course, as always happens when the human mind is being forced to expand; this time starwards, galaxy-wise, and who knows where next.
    Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British novelist. Some remarks, Shikasta, p. x, Knopf (1971).

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  • 10.
    Literature is analysis after the event.
    Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British novelist. Quoted in "Afterwords," sect. 2, Children of Albion: Poetry of the Underground in Britain, ed. Michael Horovitz (1969).
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