British novelist, poet, playwright, librettist, biographer and short story writer
Doris May Lessing was a British novelist. She was born to British parents in Iran, where she lived until 1925. Her family then moved to Southern Rhodesia, where she remained until moving in 1949 to London, England. Her novels include The Grass Is Singing (1950), the sequence of five novels collectively called Children of Violence (1952–1969), The Golden Notebook (1962), The Good Terrorist (1985), and five novels collectively known as Canopus in Argos: Archives (1979–1983).
Doris Lessing Quotes
The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven't changed in seventy or eighty years. Your body changes, but you don't change at all. And that, of course, causes great confusion.
For the last third of life there remains only work. It alone is always stimulating, rejuvenating, exciting and satisfying.
There is only one real sin and that is to persuade oneself that the second best is anything but second best.
Sometimes I think what I write is funny in its quiet way.
September 11 was terrible but, if one goes back over the history of the IRA, what happened to the Americans wasn't that terrible.
What really fascinates me is this need that is so strong now that if you read a work of the imagination you instantly have to say, 'Oh, what this really is is so-and-so,' reducing it to a simple formula.
That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way.
I do not think that marriage is one of my talents. I've been much happier unmarried than married.
It's lovely to have money to give away - that's the bonus of winning the Nobel.
It is terrible to destroy a person's picture of himself in the interests of truth or some other abstraction.