"It is sometimes very hard to tell the difference between history and the smell of skunk."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."Rebecca West on Confucius
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew."Rebecca West on Abraham Lincoln
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."Rebecca West on Mahatma Gandhi
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."Rebecca West on Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."Rebecca West on Thomas Jefferson
"Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience."
"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."
"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."
"There is no logical reason why the camel of great art should pass through the needle of mob intelligence."