Cicely Isabel Fairfield

[Rebecca West] (1892-1983)

Cicely Isabel Fairfield Quotes

  • ''Just how difficult it is to write biography can be reckoned by anybody who sits down and considers just how many people know the real truth about his or her love affairs.''
    Rebecca West (1892-1983), British author. "The Art of Skepticism," Vogue (New York, Nov. 1, 1952).
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  • ''Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.''
    Rebecca West (1892-1983), British author. The Court and the Castle, pt. 1, ch. 1 (1957).
  • ''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 cannot think that espionage can be recommended as a technique for building an impressive civilisation. It's a lout's game.''
    Rebecca West (1892-1983), British author. The Meaning of Treason, introduction to 1982 edition (1949, repr. 1982).
  • ''It is queer how it is always one's virtues and not one's vices that precipitate one into disaster.''
    Rebecca West (1892-1983), British author. There Is No Conversation, ch. 1 (1935).
  • ''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).
  • ''... 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).
  • ''International relationships are ... preordained to be clumsy gestures based on imperfect knowledge.''
    Rebecca West (1892-1983), British author. The Strange Necessity, ch. 10 (1928).
  • ''People call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.''
    Rebecca West [Cicily Isabel Fairfield] (1892-1983), British author. Attributed in 1913, quoted in Penguin Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Quotations, J.M. and M.J. Cohen (1993).
  • ''He is every other inch a gentleman.''
    Rebecca West [Cicily Isabel Fairfield] (1892-1983), British author. quoted in Rebecca West, pt. 3, ch. 5, Victoria Glendinning (1987). Referring to novelist Michael Arlen. Alexander Woollcott is also credited with this remark about Arlen, in Wits End, ed. Robert E. Drennan (1968).

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