Cicely Isabel Fairfield

[Rebecca West] (1892-1983)

Cicely Isabel Fairfield Quotes

  • ''... it matters not what natural endowment a race may have if it prostitutes itself to the service of death.''
    Rebecca West (1892-1983), British author. The Strange Necessity, ch. 10 (1928).
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  • ''[The satirist] must fully possess, at least in the world of the imagination, the quality the lack of which he is deriding in others.''
    Rebecca West (1892-1983), British author. The Strange Necessity, ch. 7 (1928).
  • ''Because hypocrisy stinks in the nostrils one is likely to rate it as a more powerful agent for destruction than it is.''
    Rebecca West (1892-1983), British author. The Strange Necessity, ch. 7 (1928).
  • ''Babbitt as a book was planless; its end arrived apparently because its author had come to the end of the writing-pad, or rather, one might suspect from its length, to the end of all writing-pads then on the market.''
    Rebecca West (1892-1983), British author. The Strange Necessity, ch. 7 (1928). On a popular and highly praised satirical novel (1922) by the U.S. author Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951).
  • ''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.''
    Rebecca West (1892-1983), British author. The Thinking Reed, ch. 10 (1936).
  • ''... exchanging platitudes, as Frenchmen do, for the pleasure of feeling their mouths full of the good meat of common sense.''
    Rebecca West (1892-1983), British author. The Thinking Reed, ch. 3 (1936). Of the inn-keeper and Marc.
  • ''She saw she had fallen into the hands of one of those doctors who have strayed too far from aperients in the direction of the soul.''
    Rebecca West (1892-1983), British author. The Thinking Reed, ch. 10 (1936).
  • ''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).
  • ''The American struggle for the vote was much more difficult than the English for the simple reason that it was much more easy.''
    Rebecca West (1892-1983), British author. First published in Time and Tide (July 20, 1923). As quoted in On Women and Revolution, part 1: "Personalities and Powers," by Crystal Eastman (1978). Making the point that English suffragists were more bitterly and violently opposed than their American counterparts. (However, the Americans won woman suffrage eight years earlier [1920] than the English [1928].).
  • ''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.''
    Rebecca West (1892-1983), British author. As quoted in Time magazine, p. 51 (March 9, 1992). Written in 1913.

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