"Motherhood is the strangest thing, it can be like being one's own Trojan horse."
"My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her."Rebecca West on George Washington
"The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children."Rebecca West on Jessica Lange
"My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it."Rebecca West on Mark Twain
"Men are what their mothers made them."Rebecca West on Ralph Waldo Emerson
"My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.' Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso."Rebecca West on Pablo Picasso
"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."
"It is sometimes very hard to tell the difference between history and the smell of skunk."