Jessamyn West
Quotations


A religious awakening which does not awaken the sleeper to love has roused him in vain.

Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.

House ordering is my prayer, and when I have finished, my prayer is answered. And bending, stooping, scrubbing, purifies my body as prayer doesn't.

If you like a book, maybe you'd better not meet the writer because she's only what's left over; most of her has gone into the book.

In my time and neighborhood (and in my soul) there was only one standard by which a woman measured success: did some man want her?

Irony in writing is a technique for increasing reader self-approval.

It's better to learn to say good-by early than late.

I've done more harm by the falseness of trying to please than by the honesty of trying to hurt.

People just don't think of writing seriously. If I had been going off to teach all day, it would have been different. They wouldn't interrupt your work if you were employed at a grocery store. That's considered serious business. It's because you work at home. People think they can interrupt writing.

What voice can equal the voices of solitude?

Writing is so difficult that I often feel that writers, having had their hell on earth, will escape all punishment hereafter.

Writing of the past is a resurrection; the past then lives in your words and you are free.



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