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Jessamyn West Quotes

A big iron needle stitching the country together.

A broken bone can heal, but the wound a word opens can fester forever.

A rattlesnake that doesn't bite teaches you nothing.

A religious awakening which does not awaken the sleeper to love has roused him in vain.

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.

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.

Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.

Groan and forget it.

I've done more harm by the falseness of trying to please than by the honesty of trying to hurt.

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.

If you want a baby, have a new one. Don't baby the old one.

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?

In their sympathies, children feel nearer animals than adults.

It is very east to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.

Justice is a terrible but necessary thing.

Memory is a magnet. It will pull to it and hold only material nature has designed it to attract.

Nothing is so dear as what you're about to leave.

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.

Sleeplessness is a desert without vegetation or inhabitants.

Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely necessary.