Jessamyn West

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.Jessamyn West

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The sick soon come to understand that they live in a different world from that of the well and that the two cannot communicate.Jessamyn West

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It is very east to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.Jessamyn West

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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.Jessamyn West

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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.Jessamyn West

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A broken bone can heal, but the wound a word opens can fester forever.Jessamyn West

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The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future.Jessamyn West

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The basic essential of a great actor is that he loves himself in acting.Jessamyn West

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

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Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.Jessamyn West

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The West is color. Its colors are animal rather than vegetable, the colors of earth and sunlight and ripeness.Jessamyn West

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You read a book from beginning to end. You run a business the opposite way. You start with the end, and then you do everything you must to reach it.Jessamyn West

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We want the facts to fit the preconceptions. When they don't it is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions.Jessamyn West

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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.Jessamyn West

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Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely necessary.Jessamyn West

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If you want a baby, have a new one. Don't baby the old one.Jessamyn West

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Groan and forget it.Jessamyn West

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I've done more harm by the falseness of trying to please than by the honesty of trying to hurt.Jessamyn West

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A big iron needle stitching the country together.Jessamyn West

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Nothing is so dear as what you're about to leave.Jessamyn West

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Justice is a terrible but necessary thing.Jessamyn West

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A rattlesnake that doesn't bite teaches you nothing.Jessamyn West

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Teaching is the royal road to learning.Jessamyn West

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Sleeplessness is a desert without vegetation or inhabitants.Jessamyn West

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In their sympathies, children feel nearer animals than adults.Jessamyn West

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The source of one's joy is also often the source of one's sorrow.Jessamyn West

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