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Doris Lessing

Geburtstag: 22. Oktober 1919
Todesdatum: 17. November 2013
Andere Namen:Дорис Лессинг,Doris May Lessing

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Doris Lessing, CH war eine britische Schriftstellerin. Im Jahr 2007 erhielt sie den Nobelpreis für Literatur.

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„What's terrible is to pretend that the second-rate is the 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.“

— Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook
Context: It seems to me like this. It's not a terrible thing — I mean, it may be terrible, but it's not damaging, it's not poisoning, to do without something one really wants. It's not bad to say: My work is not what I really want, I'm capable of doing something bigger. Or I'm a person who needs love, and I'm doing without it. What's terrible is to pretend that the second-rate is the 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. Anna Wulf, in "Free Women: 2"<!-- 255 -->

„Trust no friend without faults, and love a maiden, but no angel.“

— Doris Lessing
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, as quoted in Dictionary of Quotations from Ancient and Modern English and Foreign Sources (1899) by James Wood, p. 499

„There is no doubt fiction makes a better job of the truth.“

— Doris Lessing, Under My Skin: Volume One of My Autobiography, to 1949

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„There's oversimplification in everything, and a terror of flexibility.“

— Doris Lessing
Context: All political movements are like this — we are in the right, everyone else is in the wrong. The people on our own side who disagree with us are heretics, and they start becoming enemies. With it comes an absolute conviction of your own moral superiority. There's oversimplification in everything, and a terror of flexibility.

„And this is a disease of the mind, the way I see it. Because in actual fact, men and women have much more in common than they are separated.“

— Doris Lessing
Context: I'm always astounded at the way we automatically look at what divides and separates us. We never look at what people have in common. If you see it, black and white people, both sides look to see the differences, they don't look at what they have together. Men and women, and old and young, and so on. And this is a disease of the mind, the way I see it. Because in actual fact, men and women have much more in common than they are separated.

„Don’t read a book out of its right time for you.“

— Doris Lessing
Context: There is only one way to read, which is to browse in libraries and bookshops, picking up books that attract you, reading only those, dropping them when they bore you, skipping the parts that drag — and never, never reading anything because you feel you ought, or because it is part of a trend or a movement. Remember that the book which bores you when you are twenty or thirty will open doors for you when you are forty or fifty — and vice versa. Don’t read a book out of its right time for you. Introduction (1971)

„All political movements are like this — we are in the right, everyone else is in the wrong. The people on our own side who disagree with us are heretics, and they start becoming enemies.“

— Doris Lessing
Context: All political movements are like this — we are in the right, everyone else is in the wrong. The people on our own side who disagree with us are heretics, and they start becoming enemies. With it comes an absolute conviction of your own moral superiority. There's oversimplification in everything, and a terror of flexibility.

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„Oh Christ. I couldn't care less. … I can't say I'm overwhelmed with surprise.“

— Doris Lessing
Context: Oh Christ. I couldn't care less. … I can't say I'm overwhelmed with surprise. I'm 88 years old and they can't give the Nobel to someone who's dead, so I think they were probably thinking they'd probably better give it to me now before I've popped off. As quoted in "Doris Lessing oldest to win literature Nobel" by Philip Marchand in The Toronto Star (12 October 2007) http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/Books/article/266062

„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.“

— Doris Lessing
Context: 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.

„Sometimes I pick up a book and I say: Well, so you've written it first, have you? Good for you. O.K., then I won't have to write it.“

— Doris Lessing
Context: Sometimes I pick up a book and I say: Well, so you've written it first, have you? Good for you. O. K., then I won't have to write it. <!-- p. 612 Saul Green in "The Golden Notebook"

„I'm always astounded at the way we automatically look at what divides and separates us. We never look at what people have in common.“

— Doris Lessing
Context: I'm always astounded at the way we automatically look at what divides and separates us. We never look at what people have in common. If you see it, black and white people, both sides look to see the differences, they don't look at what they have together. Men and women, and old and young, and so on. And this is a disease of the mind, the way I see it. Because in actual fact, men and women have much more in common than they are separated.

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