Rebecca West
Quotations


Most works of art, like most wines, ought to be consumed in the district of their fabrication.

All good biography, as all good fiction, comes down to the study of original sin, of our inherent disposition to choose death when we ought to choose life.

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.

There is no such thing as conversation. It is an illusion. There are intersecting monologues, that is all.

Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.

There is no wider gulf in the universe than yawns between those on the hither and thither side of vital experience.

Everyone realizes that one can believe little of what people say about each other. But it is not so widely realized that even less can one trust what people say about themselves.

But there are other things than dissipation that thicken the features. Tears, for example.

Motherhood is the strangest thing, it can be like being one's own Trojan horse.

We all drew on the comfort which is given out by the major works of Mozart, which is as real and material as the warmth given up by a glass of brandy.

I wonder if we are all wrong about each other, if we are just composing unwritten novels about the people we meet?

All men should have a drop of treason in their veins, if nations are not to go soft like so many sleepy pears.



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