"A strong hatred is the best lamp to bear in our hands as we go over the dark places of life, cutting away the dead things men tell us to revere."
"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out."Rebecca West on John Wooden
"Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny."Rebecca West on Thomas Jefferson
"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing."Rebecca West on Theodore Roosevelt
"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting."Rebecca West on e. e. cummings
"In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher."Rebecca West on Dalai Lama
"Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience."
"Writing has nothing to do with communication between person and person, only with communication between different parts of a person's mind."
"There is no wider gulf in the universe than yawns between those on the hither and thither side of vital experience."
"It is sometimes very hard to tell the difference between history and the smell of skunk."
"There is no logical reason why the camel of great art should pass through the needle of mob intelligence."