Rebecca West Quotes

I take it as a prime cause of the present confusion of society that it is too sickly and too doubtful to use pleasure frankly as a test of value.

Rebecca West

Because hypocrisy stinks in the nostrils one is likely to rate it as a more powerful agent for destruction than it is

Rebecca West

Now different races and nationalities cherish different ideals of society that stink in each other's nostrils with an offensiveness beyond the power of any but the most monstrous private deed.

Rebecca West

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

Rebecca West

In England and America a beard usually means that its owner would rather be considered venerable than virile; on the continent of Europe it often means that its owner makes a special claim to virility.

Rebecca West

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

Rebecca West

A strong hatred is the best lamp to bear in our hands as we go over the dark places of life, cutting away the dead things men tell us to revere.

Rebecca West

Before a war military science seems a real science, like astronomy; but after a war it seems more like astrology.

Rebecca West

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

Rebecca West

Writing has nothing to do with communication between person and person, only with communication between different parts of a person's mind.

Rebecca West

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.

Rebecca West

Humanity is never more sphinxlike than when it is expressing itself

Rebecca West

Journalism is the ability to meet the challenge of filling space

Rebecca West

Before a war military science seems a real science, like astronomy; but after a war it seems more like astrology

Rebecca West

He is every other inch a gentleman.

Rebecca West
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