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Quotations From JESSAMYN WEST

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  • 1.
    Only a fool would refuse to enter a fool's paradise—when that's the only paradise he'll ever have a chance to enter.
    Jessamyn West (1902-1984), U.S. novelist. To See the Dream, part 1 (1956).
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    In their sympathies, children feel nearer animals than adults. They frolic with animals, caress them, share with them feelings neither has words for. Have they ever stroked any adult with the love they bestow on a cat? Hugged any grownup with the ecstasy they feel when clasping a puppy?
    Jessamyn West (1907-1984), U.S. novelist and autobiographer. The Life I Really Lived, part 1 (1979).

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  • 3.
    Pleasure in irony ... is an ego trip.
    Jessamyn West (1907-1984), U.S. novelist and autobiographer. The Life I Really Lived, part 6 (1979).

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  • 4.
    In my time and neighborhood (and in my soul) there was only one standard by which a woman measured success: did some man want her?
    Jessamyn West (1907-1984), U.S. novelist and autobiographer. The Life I Really Lived, part 7 (1979).

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  • 5.
    There are two barriers that often prevent communication between the young and their elders. The first is middle-aged forgetfulness of the fact that they themselves are no longer young. The second is youthful ignorance of the fact that the middle aged are still alive.
    Jessamyn West (1902-1984), U.S. novelist. To See the Dream, part 1 (1956).
  • 6.
    I never meet anyone nowadays who admits to having had a happy childhood. Everyone appears to think happiness betokens a lack of sensitivity.
    Jessamyn West (1907-1984), U.S. novelist and autobiographer. The Life I Really Lived, part 1 (1979).

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  • 7.
    Irony in writing is a technique for increasing reader self- approval.
    Jessamyn West (1907-1984), U.S. novelist and autobiographer. The Life I Really Lived, part 6 (1979).

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  • 8.
    Faithfulness to the past can be a kind of death above ground. Writing of the past is a resurrection; the past then lives in your words and you are free.
    Jessamyn West (1902-1984), U.S. novelist. The Life I Really Lived, ch. 15 (1979).

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  • 9.
    ... while many people pride themselves, and with no exaggeration, on their ability to hear with sympathy of the downfall, sickness, and death of others, very few people seem to know what to do with a report of joy, happiness, good luck.
    Jessamyn West (1902-1984), U.S. novelist. To See the Dream, part 2 (1956).

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  • 10.
    Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.
    Jessamyn West (1902-1984), U.S. novelist. To See the Dream, part 1 (1956).
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