Rebecca West Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old rebecca west quotes, rebecca west sayings, and rebecca west proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Motherhood is neither a duty nor a privilege, but simply the way that humanity can satisfy the desire for physical immortality and triumph over the fear of death.     

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It is the soul's duty to be loyal to its own desires. It must abandon itself to its master passion.     

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The main difference between men and women is that men are lunatics and women are idiots.     

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Time spent in a casino is time given to death, a foretaste of the hour when one's flesh will be diverted to the purposes of the worm and not of the will.     

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Journalism an ability to meet the challenge of filling the space.     

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Nobody likes having salt rubbed into their wounds, even if it is the salt of the earth.     

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It is the soul's duty to be loyal to its own desires. It must abandon itself to its master passion.     

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the reward for total abstinence from alcohol seems, illogically enough, to be the capacity for becoming intoxicated without it.     

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The trouble about man is twofold. He cannot learn truths which are too complicated; he forgets truths which are too simple.     

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Existence in itself, taken at its least miraculous, is a miracle.     

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His smile bore the same relation to a real smile as false teeth do to real teeth .     

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Life ought to be a struggle of desire toward adventures whose nobility will fertilize the soul.      

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Nobody likes having salt rubbed into their wounds, even if it is the salt of the earth.     

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Nobody likes having salt rubbed into their wounds, even if it is the salt of the earth.     

Rebecca West

The bad is more easily perceived than the good. A fresh lobster does not give such pleasure to the consumer as a stale one will give him pain.     

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Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.     

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Unfortunately, all gatherings convened for the betterment of the human lot show a tendency to gas themselves, and not with laughing-gas either.     

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There is nothing more frightening than the faces of people whom one does not know but who seem to know one, and be amused by one.     

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It is astonishing how the human animal survives its misfortunes.     

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All good biography, as all good fiction, comes down to the study of original sin, of our inherent disposition to choose death when we ought to choose life.     

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International relationships are preordained to be clumsy gestures based on imperfect knowledge.     

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