Doris Lessing
Quotations


If a fish is the movement of water embodied, given shape, then cat is a diagram and pattern of subtle air.

This world is run by people who know how to do things. They know how things work. They are equipped. Up there, thereís a layer of people who run everything. But we -- weíre just peasants. We donít understand whatís going on, and we canít do anything.

Literature is analysis after the event.

The great secret that all old people share is that you really havenít changed in seventy or eighty years. Your body changes, but you donít change at all. And that, of course, causes great confusion.

Political correctness is the natural continuum from the party line. What we are seeing once again is a self-appointed group of vigilantes imposing their views on others. It is a heritage of communism, but they donít seem to see this.

Space or science fiction has become a dialect for our time.

It is terrible to destroy a personís picture of himself in the interests of truth or some other abstraction.



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