Thursday, October 22, 2009

Meandering about . . .

Today is the birthday of Doris May Lessing (October 22, 1919), writer. In October 2007, Doris Lessing became the eleventh woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in its 106-year history, and its oldest recipient ever.

"It is terrible to destroy a person's picture of himself in the interests of truth or some other abstraction." - Doris Lessing

"I'm always astounded at the way we automatically look at what divides and separates us. We never look at what people have in common ... this is a disease of the mind, the way I see it." - Doris Lessing

"In university they don't tell you that the greater part of the law is learning to tolerate fools." - Doris Lessing

"That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way." - Doris Lessing

"It isn’t only the terror everywhere, and the fear of being conscious of it, that freezes people. It’s more than that. People know they are in a society dead or dying. They are refusing emotion because at the end of every emotion are property, money, power. They work and despise their work, and so freeze themselves. They love but know that it’s a half- love or a twisted love, and so they freeze themselves." - Doris Lessing

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