We need a shape for the tale. A beginning, a middle and an end.

Doris Lessing

Doris Lessing

Profession: Novelist
Nationality: British

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I'm sure that everybody feels a kind of permanent anguish about what's going on in the world.

We like to think we can solve everything, but we can't always.

Whenever I met anyone who knew anything, I would bore them stiff until they told me what they knew.

I stood looking down out of the window. The street seemed miles down. Suddenly I felt as if I'd flung myself out of the window. I could see myself lying on the pavement. Then I seemed to be standing by the body on the pavement. I was two people. Blood and brains were scattered everywhere. I knelt down and began licking up the blood and brains.

The boulder is the truth that the great men know by instinct, and the mountain is the stupidity of mankind.

I don't know why I still find it so hard to accept that words are faulty and by their very nature innacurate.

Whatever you're meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.

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.

I don't think in terms of optimism and pessimism when writing a story. I am telling a story.

It frightens me that when I'm writing I seem to have some awful second sight, or something like it, an intuition of some kind; a kind of intelligence is at work that is much too painful to use in ordinary life; one couldn't live at all if one used it for living.

All I do is give interviews and spend time being photographed.

I do think that only a very rigid and conforming society could have produced the ideas of an eccentric in the first place.

Anna directed the silent, compassionate thought towards her daughter: Well my poor girl, you'd better get used to it early, because you're going to have to live in a world full of it.

As far as I can see, everyone is mad. Do you know Matty, that's the only explanation for the world that I can see -- everyone's as mad as hatters... Mad. All of us. Everyone.