"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 order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure."Jessamyn West on Bill Cosby
"Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success."Jessamyn West on Swami Vivekananda
"Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it."Jessamyn West on Bruce Lee
"A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him."Jessamyn West on David Brinkley
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."Jessamyn West on Winston Churchill
"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."
"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."
"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."
"It is very east to forgive others their mistakes it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own."
"The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future."