What They Said: Doris Lessing


The character keeps four notebooks which she weaves into one golden notebook. One quote that could apply to many of us is, “What’s terrible is to pretend that the second-rate is the first-rate. To pretend that you don’t need love when you do; or you like your work when you know quite well you’re capable of better.”

Doris Lessing wrote this book in 1962, and was confronted by a horde or reporters in 2007, outside her home in London, telling the 88 year old writer that she had won the Nobel Prize.

Her response was, “Oh, Christ, I couldn’t care less.”

The intellectual, natural writer died in 2013 at 94. Her novels, short stories, operas, poetry, nonfiction and autobiography are treasures.


[Via Amazon, and thanks to Alexandra Gatsis.]

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