Doris Lessing

Doris Lessing Quotes

  • ''We use our parents like recurring dreams, to be entered into when needed.''
    Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British novelist. A Small Personal Voice, "My Father," p. 83, Random House (1975).
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  • ''Children can't be a center of life and a reason for being. They can be a thousand things that are delightful, interesting, satisfying, but they can't be a wellspring to live from. Or they shouldn't be.''
    Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British author. As quoted in Woman to Woman, by Julia Gilden and Mark Riedman, 1994.
  • ''For my father, who used to sit, hour after hour, night after night, outside our house in Africa, watching the stars "Well," he would say, "if we blow ourselves up, there's plenty more where we came from!"''
    Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British novelist. Dedication, Shikasta, Knopf (1979).
  • ''This world is run by people who know how to do things. They know how things work. They are equipped. Up there, there's a layer of people who run everything. But we—we're just peasants. We don't understand what's going on, and we can't do anything.''
    Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British novelist. Dorothy, in The Good Terrorist, p. 330 (1985).
  • ''Space or science fiction has become a dialect for our time.''
    Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British novelist. Guardian (London, 7 Nov. 1988).
  • ''This is a catastrophic universe, always; and subject to sudden reversals, upheavals, changes, cataclysms, with joy never anything but the song of substance under pressure forced into new forms and shapes.''
    Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British novelist. Johor, in Shikasta, "Johor reports," p. 3, Knopf (1979).

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