Zitate Doris Lessing

„You want me to begin a novel with The two women were alone in the London flat?“

—  Doris Lessing, buch The Golden Notebook

Anna Wulf, in "The Golden Notebook"
The Golden Notebook (1962)

„From time to time the emotional lightning flashed and showed a landscape of private misery, and then — we went on dancing.“

—  Doris Lessing, buch The Golden Notebook

Anna Wulf, in "Free Women: 1"
The Golden Notebook (1962)
Kontext: What is so painful about that time is that nothing was disastrous. It was all wrong, ugly, unhappy and coloured with cynicism, but nothing was tragic, there were no moments that could change anything or anybody. From time to time the emotional lightning flashed and showed a landscape of private misery, and then — we went on dancing. <!-- 128

„Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself — educating your own judgements. Those that stay must remember, always, and all the time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society“

—  Doris Lessing, buch The Golden Notebook

Introduction (1971)
The Golden Notebook (1962)
Kontext: Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this:
"You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself — educating your own judgements. Those that stay must remember, always, and all the time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society."

„My major aim was to shape a book which would make its own comment, a wordless statement: to talk through the way it was shaped.“

—  Doris Lessing, buch The Golden Notebook

Introduction (1971 edition)
The Golden Notebook (1962)
Kontext: My major aim was to shape a book which would make its own comment, a wordless statement: to talk through the way it was shaped.
As I have said, this was not noticed

„It isn’t only the terror everywhere, and the fear of being conscious of it, that freezes people. It’s more than that. People know they are in a society dead or dying.“

—  Doris Lessing, buch The Golden Notebook

Anna Wulf, in "Free Women: 4" <!-- p. 454 -->
The Golden Notebook (1962)
Kontext: It isn’t only the terror everywhere, and the fear of being conscious of it, that freezes people. It’s more than that. People know they are in a society dead or dying. They are refusing emotion because at the end of very emotion are property, money, power. They work and despise their work, and so freeze themselves. They love but know that it’s a half- love or a twisted love, and so they freeze themselves.

„The novel has become a function of the fragmented society, the fragmented consciousness.“

—  Doris Lessing, buch The Golden Notebook

Anna Wulf, in "Free Women: 1"<!-- p. 59 -->
The Golden Notebook (1962)
Kontext: The novel has become a function of the fragmented society, the fragmented consciousness. Human beings are so divided, are becoming more and more divided, and more subdivided in themselves, reflecting the world, that they reach out desperately, not knowing they do it, for information about other groups inside their own country, let alone about groups in other countries. It is a blind grasping out for their own wholeness, and the novel-report is a means toward it.

„It is a blind grasping out for their own wholeness, and the novel-report is a means toward it.“

—  Doris Lessing, buch The Golden Notebook

Anna Wulf, in "Free Women: 1"<!-- p. 59 -->
The Golden Notebook (1962)
Kontext: The novel has become a function of the fragmented society, the fragmented consciousness. Human beings are so divided, are becoming more and more divided, and more subdivided in themselves, reflecting the world, that they reach out desperately, not knowing they do it, for information about other groups inside their own country, let alone about groups in other countries. It is a blind grasping out for their own wholeness, and the novel-report is a means toward it.

„Political correctness is the natural continuum from the party line.“

—  Doris Lessing

The Sunday Times, London (10 May 1992)
Kontext: Political correctness is the natural continuum from the party line. What we are seeing once again is a self-appointed group of vigilantes imposing their views on others. It is a heritage of communism, but they don't seem to see this.

„With a library you are free, not confined by temporary political climates.“

—  Doris Lessing

Index on Censorship (March/April 1999)
Kontext: With a library you are free, not confined by temporary political climates. It is the most democratic of institutions because no one — but no one at all — can tell you what to read and when and how.

„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

Salon interview (1997)
Kontext: 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.

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

—  Doris Lessing

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
Kontext: 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.

„Art is the Mirror of our betrayed ideals.“

—  Doris Lessing, buch The Golden Notebook

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