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Jessamyn West Quotes

"Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures."
Imagination

"The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future."
History

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

"The West is color. Its colors are animal rather than vegetable, the colors of earth and sunlight and ripeness."

"Camerado! This is no book; who touches this touches a man."

"The basic essential of a great actor is that he loves himself in acting."

"You read a book from beginning to end. You run a business the opposite way. You start with the end, and then you do everything you must to reach it."

"We want the facts to fit the preconceptions. When they don't it is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions."

"Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer. He must be alone, uninterrupted, and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking."

"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."
Humor

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

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

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

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

"Groan and forget it."

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

"A big iron needle stitching the country together."

"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."

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

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