Quotations by Jessamyn West

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Born: Wednesday, June 18, 1902
Died: Thursday, February 23, 1984 (81 years old)
Profession: Author
Nationality: American


A big iron needle stitching the country together.
- Jessamyn West
(Keywords: Country)

A broken bone can heal, but the wound a word opens can fester forever.
- Jessamyn West
(Keywords: Word)

A rattlesnake that doesn't bite teaches you nothing.
- Jessamyn West
(Keywords: Nothing)

A religious awakening which does not awaken the sleeper to love has roused him in vain.
- Jessamyn West
(Keywords: Love, Religious)

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
(Keywords: Humor, Irony, Sense, Taste)

Faithfulness to the past can be a kind of death above ground. Writing of the past is a resurrection; the past then lives in your words and you are free.
- Jessamyn West
(Keywords: Death, Faithfulness, Past, Words, Writing)

Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.
- Jessamyn West
(Keywords: Fiction, Reality)

Groan and forget it.
- Jessamyn West
(Keywords: Forget)

I've done more harm by the falseness of trying to please than by the honesty of trying to hurt.
- Jessamyn West
(Keywords: Honesty, Harm, Hurt, Trying)

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
(Keywords: People, Will)

If you want a baby, have a new one. Don't baby the old one.
- Jessamyn West
(Keywords: Baby, Old, Want)

In my time and neighborhood (and in my soul) there was only one standard by which a woman measured success: did some man want her?
- Jessamyn West
(Keywords: Time, Man, Want, Woman)

In their sympathies, children feel nearer animals than adults.
- Jessamyn West
(Keywords: Animals, Children)

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
(Keywords: Mistakes)

Justice is a terrible but necessary thing.
- Jessamyn West
(Keywords: Justice)

Memory is a magnet. It will pull to it and hold only material nature has designed it to attract.
- Jessamyn West
(Keywords: Nature, Memory, Will)

Nothing is so dear as what you're about to leave.
- Jessamyn West
(Keywords: Nothing)

Only a fool would refuse to enter a fool's paradise when that's the only paradise he'll ever have a chance to enter.
- Jessamyn West
(Keywords: Chance, Fool, Paradise)

Sleeplessness is a desert without vegetation or inhabitants.
- Jessamyn West

Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely necessary.
- Jessamyn West
(Keywords: Talent, Writing)

Teaching is the royal road to learning.
- Jessamyn West
(Keywords: Learning, Road, Teaching)

The basic essential of a great actor is that he loves himself in acting.
- Jessamyn West
(Keywords: Acting, Actor)

The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future.
- Jessamyn West
(Keywords: Imagination, Work, Future, Past)

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
(Keywords: World)

The source of one's joy is also often the source of one's sorrow.
- Jessamyn West
(Keywords: Joy, Sorrow)

The West is color. Its colors are animal rather than vegetable, the colors of earth and sunlight and ripeness.
- Jessamyn West
(Keywords: Colors, Earth)

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
(Keywords: Communication, Fact, First, Forgetfulness, Ignorance)

We can love an honest rogue, but what is more offensive than a false saint?
- Jessamyn West
(Keywords: Love)

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
(Keywords: Change, Facts, Want)

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
(Keywords: Society, Family, Enemies, Friends, Occupation, Writer, Writing)

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
(Keywords: Business, Beginning, End)







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