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    I write books to find out about things.
    — Rebecca West
    tags: book  write 
     
    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
    tags: truth  people  real  write 
     
    It seemed a good idea at the time.
    — Rebecca West
    tags: time  ideas 
     
    Great music is in a sense serene; it is certain of the values it asserts.
    — Rebecca West
    tags: value  music 
     
    Art is not a luxury, but a necessity.
    — Rebecca West
    the law, like art, is always vainly racing to catch up with experience.
    — Rebecca West
    tags: experience  law 
     
    There is nothing rarer than a man who can be trusted never to throw away happiness, however eagerly he sometimes grasps it. In history we are as frequently interested in our own doom.
    — Rebecca West
    tags: happiness  men 
     
    It is the soul's duty to be loyal to its own desires. It must abandon itself to its master passion.
    — Rebecca West
    tags: desires  master  soul  passion 
     
    If the whole human race lay in one grave, the epitaph on its headstone might well be: 'It seemed like a good idea at the time.'
    — Rebecca West
    tags: time  human  ideas  race 
     
    Yes," said Mamma, "this is the worst of life, that love does not give us common sense but is a sure way of losing it. We love people, and we say that we are going to do more for them than friendship, but it makes such fools of us that we do far less, indeed sometimes what we do could be mistaken for the work of hatred.
    — Rebecca West
    There is no such thing as conversation. It is an illusion. There are intersecting monologues, that is all.
    — Rebecca West
    tags: illusion 
     
    Did St. Francis preach to the birds? Whatever for? If he really liked birds he would have done better to preach to the cats.
    — Rebecca West
    tags: cat 
     
    You must always believe that life is as extraordinary as music says it is.
    — Rebecca West
    tags: believe  music 
     
    Marriage had certain commercial advantages. By it the man secures the exclusive right to the woman's body and by it, the woman binds the man to support her during the rest of her life.... A more disgraceful bargain was never struck.
    — Rebecca West
    tags: men  women  body  right  marriage  advantage 
     
    Life ought to be a struggle of desire toward adventures whose nobility will fertilize the soul.
    — Rebecca West
    The trouble about man is twofold. He cannot learn truths which are too complicated; he forgets truths which are too simple.
    — Rebecca West
    tags: truth  men  learn 
     
    Existence in itself, taken at its least miraculous, is a miracle.
    — Rebecca West
    tags: existence  miracle 
     
    Writing has nothing to do with communication between person and person, only with communication between different parts of a person's mind.
    — Rebecca West
    Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
    — Rebecca West
    tags: work  authentic  artist 
     
    Motherhood is the strangest thing, it can be like being one's own Trojan horse.
    — Rebecca West
    tags: motherhood 
     
    The main difference between men and women is that men are lunatics and women are idiots.
    — Rebecca West
    tags: men  women  idiot 
     
    I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.
    — Rebecca West
    tags: people  feminism 
     
    God forbid that any book should be banned. The practice is as indefensible as infanticide.
    — Rebecca West
    tags: god  book 
     
    Literature must be an analysis of experience and a synthesis of the findings into a unity.
    — Rebecca West
    art is at least in part a way of collecting information about the universe.
    — Rebecca West
    tags: universe 
     
    After any disturbance (such as two world wars coinciding with a period of growing economic and monetary incomprehensibility) we find our old concepts inadequate and look for new ones. But it unfortunately happens that the troubled times which produce an appetite for new ideas are the least propitious for clear thinking.
    — Rebecca West
    tags: time  world  war  thinking  ideas  economics 
     
    Bad art is maintained by the neurotic, who is deadly afraid of authentic art because it inspires him to go on living, and he is terrified of life.
    — Rebecca West
    whatever a work of art may be, the artist certainly cannot dare to be simple. He must have a nature as complicated and as violent, as totally unsuggestive of the word innocence, as a modern war.
    — Rebecca West
    Art is not a plaything, but a necessity, and its essence, form, is not a decorative adjustment, but a cup into which life can be poured and lifted to the lips and be tasted.
    — Rebecca West
    I do not myself find it agreeable to be 90, and I cannot imagine why it should seem so to other people. It is not that you have any fears about your own death, it is that your upholstery is already dead around you.
    — Rebecca West
    tags: death  fear  people  imagine 
     
    What is art? It is not decoration. It is the re-living of experience.
    — Rebecca West
    tags: experience 
     
    The delight we find in art amounts to recognition of a saving grace, to an acknowledgment that the problem of life has a solution implicit in its own nature, though not yet formulated by the intellect.
    — Rebecca West
    tags: nature  grace  problem 
     
    Anthologies are mischievous things. Some years ago there was a rage for chemically predigested food, which was only suppressed when doctors pointed out that since human beings had been given teeth and digestive organs they had to be used or they degenerated very rapidly. Anthologies are predigested food for the brain.
    — Rebecca West
    tags: food  human  brain  year  doctor 
     
    [Evelyn Waugh] made drunkenness cute and chic, and then took to religion, simply to have the most expensive carpet of all to be sick on.
    — Rebecca West
    tags: cute 
     
    the reward for total abstinence from alcohol seems, illogically enough, to be the capacity for becoming intoxicated without it.
    — Rebecca West
    tags: alcohol 
     
    Were it possible for us to wait for ourselves to come into the room, not many of us would find our hearts breaking into flower as we heard the door handle turn.
    — Rebecca West
    tags: heart  flowers 
     
    Art and propaganda have this much connection, that if a propaganda makes art impossible, it is clearly damned.
    — Rebecca West
    tags: impossible 
     
    It's an absurd error to put modern English literature in the curriculum. You should read contemporary literature for pleasure or not at all. You shouldn't be taught to monkey with it.
    — Rebecca West
    It would be no loss to the world if most of the writers now writing had been strangled at birth.
    — Rebecca West
    tags: world  loss  birth  writing 
     
    No great thing happens suddenly.
    — Rebecca West
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    rebecca west
    Birth    : December 21, 1892
    Death  : March 15, 1983
    Occupation  : Author