Jessamyn West Quotes


34 Jessamyn West quotes:



"It is very east to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own."
"Only a fool would refuse to enter a fool's paradise when that's the only paradise he'll ever have a chance to enter."
"We want the facts to fit the preconceptions. When they don't it is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions."
"Nothing is so dear as what you're about to leave."
"Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely necessary."
"Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer. He must be alone, uninterrupted, and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking."
"A big iron needle stitching the country together."
"Memory is a magnet. It will pull to it and hold only material nature has designed it to attract."
"In their sympathies, children feel nearer animals than adults."
"Teaching is the royal road to learning."
"If you want a baby, have a new one. Don't baby the old one."
"A rattlesnake that doesn't bite teaches you nothing."
"The West is color. Its colors are animal rather than vegetable, the colors of earth and sunlight and ripeness."
"In my time and neighborhood (and in my soul) there was only one standard by which a woman measured success: did some man want her?"
"Groan and forget it."
"I've done more harm by the falseness of trying to please than by the honesty of trying to hurt."
"It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own."
"A broken bone can heal, but the wound a word opens can fester forever."
"Justice is a terrible but necessary thing."
"Sleeplessness is a desert without vegetation or inhabitants."



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