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I've worked hard all my life. You have to if you want to get things done.
— Doris Lessing
The World War I, I'm a child of World War I. And I really know about the children of war. Because both my parents were both badly damaged by the war. My father, physically, and both mentally and emotionally. So, I know exactly what it's like to be brought up in an atmosphere of a continual harping on the war.
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— Doris Lessing
I do have a sense, and I've never not had it, of how easily things can vanish.
— Doris Lessing
When I was bringing up a child, I taught myself to write in very short, concentrated bursts. If I had a weekend, or a week, I'd do unbelievable amounts of work.
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— Doris Lessing
Sentimentality is intolerable because it is false feeling.
— Doris Lessing
I remember World War II when there were very few books, very little paper available. For me to walk into a shop or look at a list and see anything that I want, or almost anything, is like a kind of miracle.
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— Doris Lessing
It is very enjoyable, writing a story. You get this idea. It takes hold of you. And then you spend day and night thinking about how to do it. And then you do it. And much later, you think, 'Oh, yes. That's an interesting question.'
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— Doris Lessing
I am your original autodidact.
— Doris Lessing
It's very interesting what you don't care about.
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— Doris Lessing
God knows why nobody ever learns from the preceding generation - but they don't.
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— Doris Lessing
The human race has been telling stories since it began.
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— Doris Lessing
Everything all the time in a city is extraordinary!
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— Doris Lessing
I am always being described as having views that I've never had in my life.
— Doris Lessing
The thing is, I haven't changed at all.
— Doris Lessing
We like to think we can solve everything, but we can't always.
— Doris Lessing
I think a lot of romanticizing has gone on with the women's movement.
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— Doris Lessing
You cannot escape the fact that women mould your first five years, whether you like it or not. And I can't say I do like it very much.
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— Doris Lessing
I haven't got the energy to write now.
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— Doris Lessing
I'm just a story teller.
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— Doris Lessing
I was a nursemaid. And it was pretty boring.
— Doris Lessing
I have ideas that I will probably never write now.
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— Doris Lessing
I see every book as a problem that you have to solve. That is what dictates the form you use. It's not that you say, 'I want to write a science fiction book.' You start from the other end, and what you have to say dictates the form of it.
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— Doris Lessing
I don't write well when I'm sitting there sweating about every single phrase.
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— Doris Lessing
I got married and I had children because of the Second World War, as all of us did, exclaiming, 'Oh, no, we are never going to bring a child into this wicked world,' but we had children by the dozen and got married.
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— Doris Lessing
I was writing all my childhood. And I wrote two novels when I was 17, which were terrible. And I'm not sorry I threw them out. So, I wrote. I had to write. You know, the thing was, I had no education.
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— Doris Lessing
I thought that would go without saying, that if a mother gives up her children, it's very painful.
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— Doris Lessing
You know, looking at it objectively, I've written one or two good books.
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— Doris Lessing
If you are a young writer today, it's very hard.
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— Doris Lessing
What's terrible is to pretend that second-rate is first-rate. To pretend that you don't need love when you do; or you like your work when you know quite well you're capable of better.
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— Doris Lessing
For with my intuition I knew that this man was repeating a pattern over and over again: courting a woman with his intelligence and sympathy, claiming her emotionally; then, when she began to claim in return, running away. And the better a woman was, the sooner he would begin to run. I knew this with my intuition, and yet I sat there in my dark room, looking at the hazed wet brilliance of the purple London night sky, longing with my whole being.
tags: men women dark night intuition longing sky running intelligence
— Doris Lessing
That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way.
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— Doris Lessing
Do you know what people really want? Everyone, I mean. Everybody in the world is thinking: I wish there was just one other person I could really talk to, who could really understand me, who'd be kind to me. That's what people really want, if they're telling the truth.
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— Doris Lessing
Think wrongly if you please, but in all cases think for yourself.
— Doris Lessing
Hitler admired Stalin, quite properly seeing himself as a mere infant in crime compared to his great exemplar.
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— Doris Lessing
Parents should leave books lying around marked "forbidden' if they want their children to read.
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— Doris Lessing
Whatever you're meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.
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— Doris Lessing
It is terrible to destroy a person's picture of himself in the interests of truth or some other abstraction.
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— Doris Lessing
I think a writer's job is to provoke questions. I like to think that if someone's read a book of mine, they've had-I don't know what-the literary equivalent of a shower. Something that would start them thinking in a slightly different way perhaps. That's what I think writers are for. This is what our function is.
tags: job questions thinking book read
— Doris Lessing
Very few people really care about freedom, about liberty, about the truth, very few. Very few people have guts, the kind of guts on which a real democracy has to depend. Without people with that sort of guts a free society dies or cannot be born.
tags: truth people society freedom care real die democracy liberty
— Doris Lessing
There is nothing more boring for an intelligent woman than to spend endless amounts of time with small children.
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— Doris Lessing
doris lessing
Birth    : October 22, 1919
Death  : November 17, 2013
Occupation  : Novelist