Cicely Isabel Fairfield

[Rebecca West] (1892-1983)

Cicely Isabel Fairfield Quotes

  • ''The principle of avoiding the unnecessary expenditure of energy has enabled the species to survive in a world full of stimuli; but it prevents the survival of the aristocracy.''
    Rebecca West (1892-1983), British author. The Strange Necessity, ch. 10 (1928).
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  • ''There is in every one of us an unending see-saw between the will to live and the will to die.''
    Rebecca West (1892-1983), British author. The Strange Necessity, ch. 10 (1928).
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  • ''... in the happy laughter of a theatre audience one can get the most immediate and numerically impressive guarantee that there is nothing in one's mind which is not familiar to the mass of persons living at the time.''
    Rebecca West (1892-1983), British author. The Strange Necessity, ch. 12 (1928).
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  • ''Mr. James Joyce is a great man who is entirely without taste.''
    Rebecca West (1892-1983), British author. The Strange Necessity, ch. 1 (1928). Of the great and controversial Irish novelist (1882-1941). His novel Ulysses, which had been published in book form six years earlier, was still widely banned.
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  • ''To believe her limited in range because she was harmonious in method is as sensible as to imagine that when the Atlantic Ocean is as smooth as a mill-pond it shrinks to the size of a mill-pond.''
    Rebecca West (1892-1983), British author. The Strange Necessity, ch. 6 (1928). Of Jane Austen (1775-1817), a great British novelist whose work has sometimes been criticized as limited.
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  • ''A great many quite good plays could be performed with rhythmic howls in the place of dialogue and lose almost nothing by the change.''
    Rebecca West (1892-1983), British author. The Strange Necessity, ch. 1 (1928).
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  • ''It is the business of the critic, as of the portrait painter, to synthesize a million glances at his subject that will tell the onlooker at one glance the truth about him, as ultimate as he can get it.''
    Rebecca West (1892-1983), British novelist and literary critic. The Strange Necessity, ch. 6 (1928).
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  • ''The memory ... experiencing and re-experiencing, has such power over one's mere personal life, that one has merely lived.''
    Rebecca West (1892-1983), British author. The Strange Necessity, ch. 5 (1928).
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  • ''There is no logical reason why the camel of great art should pass through the needle of mob intelligence.''
    Rebecca West (1892-1983), British author. The Strange Necessity, ch. 9 (1928).
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  • ''... there has never been a period in history when there have been necessary killings which has not been instantly followed by a period when there have been unnecessary killings.''
    Rebecca West (1892-1983), British author. The Strange Necessity, ch. 10 (1928).
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