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Doris Lessing

Дата рождения: 22. Октябрь 1919
Дата смерти: 17. Ноябрь 2013
Другие имена: Doris May Lessing

До́рис Мэй Ле́ссинг — английская писательница-фантаст, лауреат Нобелевской премии по литературе 2007 года с формулировкой «Повествующей об опыте женщин, со скептицизмом, страстью и провидческой силой подвергшей рассмотрению разделённую цивилизацию». Бывшая коммунистка и сторонница суфизма, феминистка.

Автор 5 романов из серии «Канопус в Аргосе» , содержащих различную трактовку философской проблематики пассивного участия слабого человечества в борьбе могущественных цивилизаций. При положительном отзыве Брайана Олдисса серия была раскритикована за использование концепции богов-пришельцев. С 1965 года регулярно выходят монографии о творчестве Лессинг.

„В университете вам не скажут, что важнейшей частью юриспруденции является умение терпеть дураков.“

„Think wrongly, if you please, but in all cases think for yourself. Думай неправильно, думай, как хочешь, но в любом случае думай для себя.“

„Художники пишут глазами любви, и только глазам любви следует судить их.“

„Whatever you're meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.“

„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.“ The Golden Notebook

„Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this: 'You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself — educating your own judgements. Those that stay must remember, always, and all the time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society.“ The Golden Notebook

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

„There is no doubt fiction makes a better job of the truth.“ Under My Skin: Volume One of My Autobiography, to 1949

„There is only one way to read, which is to browse in libraries and bookshops, picking up books that attract you, reading only those, dropping them when they bore you, skipping the parts that drag-and never, never reading anything because you feel you ought, or because it is part of a trend or a movement. Remember that the book which bores you when you are twenty or thirty will open doors for you when you are forty or fifty-and vise versa. Don’t read a book out of its right time for you.“

„That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way.“

„Do you know what people really want? Everyone, I mean. Everybody in the world is thinking: I wish there was just one other person I could really talk to, who could really understand me, who'd be kind to me. That's what people really want, if they're telling the truth.“ The Golden Notebook

„A public library is the most democratic thing in the world. What can be found there has undone dictators and tyrants: demagogues can persecute writers and tell them what to write as much as they like, but they cannot vanish what has been written in the past, though they try often enough... People who love literature have at least part of their minds immune from indoctrination. If you read, you can learn to think for yourself.“

„Very few people really care about freedom, about liberty, about the truth, very few. Very few people have guts, the kind of guts on which a real democracy has to depend. Without people with that sort of guts a free society dies or cannot be born.“ The Golden Notebook

„As you get older, you don't get wiser. You get irritable.“

„I am a person who continually destroys the possibilities of a future because of the numbers of alternative viewpoints I can focus on the present.“ The Golden Notebook

„You should write, first of all, to please yourself. You shouldn't care a damn about anybody else at all. But writing can't be a way of life - the important part of writing is living. You have to live in such a way that your writing emerges from it.“

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