Frases de Doris Lessing

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Doris Lessing

Fecha de nacimiento: 22. Octubre 1919
Fecha de muerte: 17. Noviembre 2013
Otros nombres:Дорис Лессинг,Doris May Lessing

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Doris Lessing, de soltera Doris May Tayler ,[1]​ que publicó también bajo el pseudónimo de Jane Somers, fue una escritora británica, ganadora del Premio Nobel de Literatura en 2007.[2]​

Frases Doris Lessing

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„What's terrible is to pretend that the second-rate is the first-rate. To pretend that you don't need love when you do; or you like your work when you know quite well you're capable of better.“

— Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook
Context: It seems to me like this. It's not a terrible thing — I mean, it may be terrible, but it's not damaging, it's not poisoning, to do without something one really wants. It's not bad to say: My work is not what I really want, I'm capable of doing something bigger. Or I'm a person who needs love, and I'm doing without it. What's terrible is to pretend that the second-rate is the first-rate. To pretend that you don't need love when you do; or you like your work when you know quite well you're capable of better. Anna Wulf, in "Free Women: 2"<!-- 255 -->

„Trust no friend without faults, and love a maiden, but no angel.“

— Doris Lessing
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, as quoted in Dictionary of Quotations from Ancient and Modern English and Foreign Sources (1899) by James Wood, p. 499

„There is no doubt fiction makes a better job of the truth.“

— Doris Lessing, Under My Skin: Volume One of My Autobiography, to 1949

„The automatic reaction of practically any young person is, at once, against authority. That, I think, began in the First World War because of the trenches, and the incompetence of the people on all fronts.“

— Doris Lessing
Context: The automatic reaction of practically any young person is, at once, against authority. That, I think, began in the First World War because of the trenches, and the incompetence of the people on all fronts. I think that a terrible bitterness and anger began there, which led to communism. And now it feeds terrorism. Anyway, that's my thesis. It's very oversimplified, as you can see.

„All political movements are like this — we are in the right, everyone else is in the wrong. The people on our own side who disagree with us are heretics, and they start becoming enemies.“

— Doris Lessing
Context: All political movements are like this — we are in the right, everyone else is in the wrong. The people on our own side who disagree with us are heretics, and they start becoming enemies. With it comes an absolute conviction of your own moral superiority. There's oversimplification in everything, and a terror of flexibility.

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„Don’t read a book out of its right time for you.“

— Doris Lessing
Context: There is only one way to read, which is to browse in libraries and bookshops, picking up books that attract you, reading only those, dropping them when they bore you, skipping the parts that drag — and never, never reading anything because you feel you ought, or because it is part of a trend or a movement. Remember that the book which bores you when you are twenty or thirty will open doors for you when you are forty or fifty — and vice versa. Don’t read a book out of its right time for you. Introduction (1971)

„With a library you are free, not confined by temporary political climates.“

— Doris Lessing
Context: With a library you are free, not confined by temporary political climates. It is the most democratic of institutions because no one — but no one at all — can tell you what to read and when and how. Index on Censorship (March/April 1999)

„It is a blind grasping out for their own wholeness, and the novel-report is a means toward it.“

— Doris Lessing
Context: The novel has become a function of the fragmented society, the fragmented consciousness. Human beings are so divided, are becoming more and more divided, and more subdivided in themselves, reflecting the world, that they reach out desperately, not knowing they do it, for information about other groups inside their own country, let alone about groups in other countries. It is a blind grasping out for their own wholeness, and the novel-report is a means toward it. Anna Wulf, in "Free Women: 1"<!-- p. 59 -->

„In the writing process, the more the story cooks, the better.“

— Doris Lessing
Context: In the writing process, the more the story cooks, the better. The brain works for you even when you are at rest. I find dreams particularly useful. I myself think a great deal before I go to sleep and the details sometimes unfold in the dream. Interview with Herbert Mitgang, [http://www.nytimes.com/books/99/01/10/specials/lessing-puzzles.html "Mrs. Lessing Addresses Some of Life's Puzzles," The New York Times, (22 April 1984)]

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„You want me to begin a novel with The two women were alone in the London flat?“

— Doris Lessing
Context: You want me to begin a novel with The two women were alone in the London flat? <!-- 610 Anna Wulf, in "The Golden Notebook"

„We spend our lives fighting to get people very slightly more stupid than ourselves to accept truths that the great men have always known.“

— Doris Lessing
Context: We spend our lives fighting to get people very slightly more stupid than ourselves to accept truths that the great men have always known. They have known for thousands of years that to lock a sick person into solitary confinement makes him worse. They have known for thousands of years that a poor man who is frightened of his landlord and of the police is a slave. They have known it. We know it. But do the great enlightened mass of the British people know it? No. It is our task, Ella, yours and mine, to tell them. Because the great men are too great to be bothered. They are already discovering how to colonise Venus and to irrigate the moon. That is what is important for our time. You and I are the boulder-pushers. All our lives, you and I, we’ll put all our energies, all our talents into pushing a great boulder up a mountain. The boulder is the truth that the great men know by instinct, and the mountain is the stupidity of mankind. Paul Tanner, in "Free Women: 1"<!-- p. 173 -->

„You can only learn to be a better writer by actually writing.“

— Doris Lessing
Context: You can only learn to be a better writer by actually writing. I don't know much about creative writing programs. But they're not telling the truth if they don't teach, one, that writing is hard work and, two, that you have to give up a great deal of life, your personal life, to be a writer. Interview with Herbert Mitgang, "Mrs. Lessing Addresses Some of Life's Puzzles," The New York Times (22 April 1984)

„Everybody in the world is thinking: I wish there was just one other person I could really talk to, who could really understand me, who'd be kind to me.“

— Doris Lessing
Context: Do you know what people really want? Everyone, I mean. Everybody in the world is thinking: I wish there was just one other person I could really talk to, who could really understand me, who'd be kind to me. That's what people really want, if they're telling the truth.

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