Quotes by Doris Lessing

Trust no friend without faults, and love a woman, but no angel.

I think kids ought to travel. I think it’s very good to carry kids around. It’s good for them. Of course it’s tough on the parents.

I wanted to highlight that whole dreadful process in book publishing that ‘nothing succeeds like success.’

What society doesn’t realize is that in the past, ordinary people respected learning. They respected books, and they don’t now, or not very much. That whole respect for serious literature and learning has disappeared.

Our society is dependent on some precarious mechanisms, and they are very dicey. They can easily collapse.

There’s an unconscious bias in our society: girls are wonderful boys are terrible. And to be a boy, or young man, growing up, having to listen to all this, it must be painful.

Space or science fiction has become a dialect for our time.

What the feminists want of me is something they haven’t examined because it comes from religion. They want me to bear witness.

When you’re young you think that you’re going to sail into a lovely lake of quietude and peace. This is profoundly untrue.

It’s lovely to have money to give away – that’s the bonus of winning the Nobel.