"Authority has every reason to fear the skeptic, for authority can rarely survive in the face of doubt."
"A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."Vita Sackville-West on John F. Kennedy
"Pick the day. Enjoy it - to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come... The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present - and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future."Vita Sackville-West on Audrey Hepburn
"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."Vita Sackville-West on Thomas Paine
"We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict."Vita Sackville-West on Jim Morrison
"What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it."Vita Sackville-West on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"Men of my age live in a state of continual desperation."
"I worshipped dead men for their strength, forgetting I was strong."
"Travel is the most private of pleasures. There is no greater bore than the travel bore. We do not in the least want to hear what he has seen in Hong Kong."