Jessamyn West Quotes

Who on Earth is Jessamyn West?

Mary Jessamyn West was a 20th century American author of short stories and novels, notably The Friendly Persuasion.

Born July 18, 1902
Died February 23, 1984

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Best 36 Quotes by Jessamyn West

“A broken bone can heal, but the wound a word opens can fester forever.”

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“A good time for laughing is when you can.”

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“A rattlesnake that doesn't bite teaches you nothing.”

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“A religious awakening which does not awaken the sleeper to love has roused him in vain.”

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“A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humor, for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself.”

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“Groan and forget it.”

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“I have done more harm by the falseness of trying to please than by the honesty of trying to hurt.”

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“If you train people properly, they won't be able to tell a drill from the real thing. If anything, the real thing will be easier.”

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“If you want a baby, have a new one. Don't baby the old one.”

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“In California, the first spring is in November. March only echoes.”

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“In their sympathies, children feel nearer animals than adults. They frolic with animals, caress them, share with them feelings neither has words for. Have they ever stroked any adult with the love they bestow on a cat? Hugged any grownup with the ecstasy they feel when clasping a puppy?”

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“It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.”

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“Justice is a terrible but necessary thing.”

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“Knowledge of what you love somehow comes to you; you don’t have to read nor analyze nor study. If you love a thing enough, knowledge of it seeps into you, with particulars more real than any chart can furnish.”

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“Memory is a magnet. It will pull to it and hold only material nature has designed it to attract.”

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“Nothing is so dear as what you're about to leave.”

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“Nothing ruins a face so fast as double-dealing. Your face telling one story to the world. Your heart yanking your face to pieces, trying to let the truth be known.”

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“Sleeplessness is a desert without vegetation or inhabitants.”

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“Some people are always thirsting for water from other people's wells.”

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“Somehow I have the feeling that in some book is the great treasure I've been looking for all my life.”

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“Teaching is the royal road to learning.”

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“The conversation of two people remembering, if the memory is enjoyable to both, rocks on like music or lovemaking. There is a rhythm and a predictability to it that each anticipates and relishes.”

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“The source of one's joy is also often the source of one's sorrow.”

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“We can love an honest rogue, but what is more offensive than a false saint?”

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“With enough libraries, all content is free.”

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“Writing is so difficult that I often feel that writers, having had their hell on earth, will escape all punishment hereafter.”

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“You can only write about what you don't know, and find out about it in the writing.”

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“It is the loving, not the loved, woman who feels loveable.”

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“The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future.”

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"Double Discovery" Quotes

“I am always jumping into the sausage grinder and deciding, even before I’m half ground, that I don’t want to be a sausage after all.”

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Double Discovery

"Hide and Seek" Quotes

“It is not easy to be solitary unless you are also born ruthless. Every solitary repudiates someone.”

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Hide and Seek

“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.”

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Hide and Seek

"To See the Dream" Quotes

“Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.”

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To See the Dream

“People who keep journals have life twice.”

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To See the Dream

“There are two barriers that often prevent communication between the young and their elders. The first is middle-aged forgetfulness of the fact that they themselves are no longer young. The second is youthful ignorance of the fact that the middle aged are still alive.”

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To See the Dream

"Woman Said Yes" Quotes

“Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely necessary.”

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Woman Said Yes