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Art
Engrave this Quote Most works of art, like most wines, ought to be consumed in the district of their fabrication.
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-Rebecca West
Birds
Engrave this Quote Did St Francis preach to the birds? Whatever for? If he really liked birds he would have done better to preach to the cats.
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-Rebecca West, This Real Night
Conversation
Engrave this Quote There is no such thing as conversation. It is an illusion. There are interesting monologues, that is all.
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-Rebecca West
Criticism
Engrave this Quote Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
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Experience
Engrave this Quote There is no wider gulf in the universe than yawns between those on the hither and thither side of vital experience.
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-Rebecca West
Gentlemen
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Gossip
Engrave this Quote Everyone realizes that one can believe little of what people say about each other. But it is not so widely realized that even less can one trust what people say about themselves.
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Grief, Grieving
Engrave this Quote But there are other things than dissipation that thicken the features. Tears, for example.
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Ideology
Engrave this Quote Now different races and nationalities cherish different ideals of society that stink in each other's nostrils with an offensiveness beyond the power of any but the most monstrous private deed.
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Legacy
Engrave this Quote All good biography, as all good fiction, comes down to the study of original sin, of our inherent disposition to choose death when we ought to choose life.
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Engrave this Quote Just how difficult it is to write biography can be reckoned by anybody who sits down and considers just how many people know the real truth about his or her love affairs.
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Medicine
Engrave this Quote She saw she had fallen into the hands of one of those doctors who have strayed too far from apparent in the direction of the soul.
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-Rebecca West
Men & Women
Engrave this Quote The main difference between men and woman is that men are lunatics and woman are idiots.
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Mother
Engrave this Quote Motherhood is the strangest thing, it can be like being one's own Trojan horse.
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Music
Engrave this Quote We all drew on the comfort which is given out by the major works of Mozart, which is as real and material as the warmth given up by a glass of brandy.
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People
Engrave this Quote I wonder if we are all wrong about each other, if we are just composing unwritten novels about the people we meet?
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-Rebecca West
Reform, Correction
Engrave this Quote Men must be capable of imagining and executing and insisting on social change if they are to reform or even maintain civilization, and capable too of furnishing the rebellion which is sometimes necessary if society is not to perish of immobility.
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Revolution
Engrave this Quote All men should have a drop of treason in their veins, if nations are not to go soft like so many sleepy pears.
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Vanity
Engrave this Quote In England and America, a beard usually means that its owner would rather be considered venerable than virile; on the continent of Europe, it often means that its owner makes a special claim to virility.
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-Rebecca West, The Thinking Reed 1936, Chapter 10
Women
Engrave this Quote People call me feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.
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-Rebecca West

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