Jessamyn West Quotes

Collected quotes from Jessamyn West with images

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

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“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.”

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

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“There are two barriers that often prevent communication between the young and their elders. The first is middle-aged forgetfulness of the fact that they themselves are no longer young. The second is youthful ignorance of the fact that the middle aged are still alive.”

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

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“The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future.”

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“Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.”

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“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.”

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