Quotes by Jessamyn West

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

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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. |

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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. |

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

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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. |

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A religious awakening which does not awaken the sleeper to love has roused him in vain. |

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

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