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Quotations by author » Jessamyn West
American Writer, 1902-1984
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A big iron needle stitching the country together.
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A broken bone can heal, but the wound a word opens can fester forever
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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
IronySense of humor
Fiction is [a form of writing which] reveals truths that reality obscures.
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Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.
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Groan and forget it
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I've done more harm by the falseness of trying to please than by the honesty of trying to hurt
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If I were to join a circle of any kind, it would be one that required its members to try something new at least once a month. The new thing could be inconsequential: steak for breakfast, frog hunting, walking on stilts . . . anything not ordinarily done.
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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 their sympathies, children feel nearer animals than adults.
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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.
ForgivenessMistakes
Justice is a terrible but necessary thing
Justice
Memory is a magnet. It will pull to it and hold only material nature has designed it to attract.
Memory
Nothing is so dear as what you're about to leave.
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Sleeplessness is a desert without vegetation or inhabitants
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Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely necessary.
TalentWriting
Teaching is the royal road to learning.
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