I watched his face put on that mask of bluff, goodnatured tolerance which is the mask of corruption in this particular time (for.

Doris Lessing

Doris Lessing

Profession: Novelist
Nationality: British

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Loneliness, she thought, was craving for other people's company. But she did not know that loneliness can be an unnoticed cramping of the spirit for lack of companionship.

My father was always so mingled with rage at his life.

Sometimes I dislike women I dislike us all because of our capacity for not thinking when it suits us...

Paul was even more difficult than Ben. But he was a normal disturbed child, not an alien.

This is an inevitable and easily recognizable stage in every revolutionary movement: reformers must expect to be disowned by those who are only too happy to enjoy what has been won for them.

I was writing all my childhood. And I wrote two novels when I was 17, which were terrible. And I'm not sorry I threw them out. So, I wrote. I had to write. You know, the thing was, I had no education.

I was marvelling, again, how easy it is, living deprived, to forget love, joy, delight.

I am always being described as having views that I've never had in my life.

The thought [behind the Golden Notebook] was that to divide off and compartmentalize living was dangerous and led to nothing but trouble. Old, young, black, white, men, women, capitalism, socialism: these great dichotomies undo us, force us into unreal categorization, make us look for what separates us rather than what we have in common.

Man, who is he? Too bad, to be the work of God: Too good for the work of chance!

Obviously, my changing everything into fiction is simply a means of concealing something from myself.

It's lovely to have money to give away - that's the bonus of winning the Nobel.

God knows why nobody ever learns from the preceding generation - but they don't.

It is my belief...that the talents every child has, regardless of his official 'I.Q,' could stay with him through life, to enrich him and everybody else, if these talents were not regarded as commodities with a value in the success-stakes.