Quotations From REBECCA WEST


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  • International relationships are ... preordained to be clumsy gestures based on imperfect knowledge.
    Rebecca West (1892-1983), British author. The Strange Necessity, ch. 10 (1928).
  • All good biography, as all good fiction, comes down to the study of original sin, of our inherent disposition to choose death when we ought to choose life.
    Rebecca West (1892-1983), British author. Time and Tide (1941). Quoted as epigraph to Victoria Glendinning, Rebecca West: A Life (1987).

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  • Everyone realizes that one can believe little of what people say about each other. But it is not so widely realized that even less can one trust what people say about themselves.
    Rebecca West (1892-1983), British author. Quoted in Sunday Telegraph (London, 1975). As epigraph to Victoria Glendinning, Rebecca West: A Life (1987).

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  • Motherhood is the strangest thing, it can be like being one's own Trojan horse.
    Rebecca West (1892-1983), British author. letter, Aug. 20, 1959. quoted in Victoria Glendinning, Rebecca West: A Life, pt. 5, ch. 8 (1987).

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  • There is no wider gulf in the universe than yawns between those on the hither and thither side of vital experience.
    Rebecca West (1892-1983), British author. "Serbia," vol. 1, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (1942).
  • There is no such thing as conversation. It is an illusion. There are intersecting monologues, that is all.
    Rebecca West (1892-1983), British author. "The Harsh Voice," sct. 1, There Is No Conversation (1935).
  • I wonder if we are all wrong about each other, if we are just composing unwritten novels about the people we meet?
    Rebecca West (1892-1983), British author. Letter, 1917. Quoted as epigraph to Victoria Glendinning, Rebecca West: A Life (1987).

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  • Men must be capable of imagining and executing and insisting on social change if they are to reform or even maintain civilization, and capable too of furnishing the rebellion which is sometimes necessary if society is not to perish of immobility.
    Rebecca West (1892-1983), British author. "Conclusion," pt. 4, The Meaning of Treason (1949).

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  • ... it is nearly impossible to understand those who are beyond our sight, who are not explained to us by ties of birth or the contact of the flesh.
    Rebecca West (1892-1983), British author. The Strange Necessity, ch. 10 (1928).

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  • Most magazines have that look of being predestined to be left which one sees on the faces of the women whose troubles bring them to the Law Courts.
    Rebecca West (1892-1983), British author. The Strange Necessity, ch. 4 (1928).

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