Best Quotes by Doris Lessing (Top 10)

  1. Whatever you're meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.
  2. What's terrible is to pretend that second-rate is 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.
  3. Trust no friend without faults, and love a woman, but no angel.
  4. That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way.
  5. 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.
  6. Very few people really care about freedom, about liberty, about the truth, very few. Very few people have guts, the kind of guts on which a real democracy has to depend. Without people with that sort of guts a free society dies or cannot be born.
  7. As you get older, you don't get wiser. You get irritable.
  8. In university they don't tell you that the greater part of the law is learning to tolerate fools.
  9. It is terrible to destroy a person's picture of himself in the interests of truth or some other abstraction.
  10. There is only one real sin and that is to persuade oneself that the second best is anything but second best.

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