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That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way.
—  Doris Lessing
It is terrible to destroy a person's picture of himself in the interests of truth or some other abstraction.
—  Doris Lessing
In university they don't tell you that the greater part of the law is learning to tolerate fools.
—  Doris Lessing
Nonsense, it was all nonsense: this whole damned outfit, with its committees, its conferences, its eternal talk, talk, talk, was a great con trick; it was a mechanism to earn a few hundred men and women incredible sums of money.
—  Doris Lessing
All sanity depends on this: that it should be a delight to feel heat strike the skin, a delight to stand upright, knowing the bones are moving easily under the flesh
—  Doris Lessing
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 ... What's really 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

   

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