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

Published by Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

18 thoughts on “Thank you, Doris Lessing

    1. 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. No luck so far – you and I are on the same wavelength. I think her story is more interesting than the stories that she wrote!! I will keep on looking…


      2. 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 😀


      3. 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. 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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