Thank you, Doris Lessing

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“Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.” 
 Doris Lessing (October 22, 1919 – November 17, 2013)

Today, Doris Lessing, the novelist who waged a battle against racism and gender politics, has passed at the age of 94.  Her life’s work is a testament to courage, resourcefulness and determination.  We are richer for having her in our timeline.

“What’s terrible is to pretend that second-rate is 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, The Golden Notebook


    1. Clanmother

      Thank you for adding so much to this dialogue!! An excellent link. Doris Lessing was extraordinary. She reminds me a great deal of how Georgia O’Keeffe (just finished reading her biography) reacted to reporters and well-wishers. Doris Lessing herself admitted that “As you get older, you don’t get wiser. You get irritable.”

      Here’s a quote that gave me a smile!

      “Parents should leave books lying around marked “forbidden” if they want their children to read.”


      1. Gallivanta

        I like this quote from her editor ” Even in very old age she was always intellectually restless, reinventing herself, curious about the changing world, always completely inspirational” I want that to be me 😀


      2. Clanmother

        Me too!!! I have a feeling she was not an easy person because of her sharp wit and blunt answers. But I would rather have truth said with bluntness than lies layered with sweetness…


    1. Clanmother

      I didn’t know either – it seems that she had 55 novels and collections of short stories and essays. She was not afraid to take on difficult subjects!!! Big shoes to fill – hope that we all have big feet! 🙂


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