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“Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.”
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“A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humor, for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself. ”
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“It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.”
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“Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely essential.”
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“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.”
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“A rattlesnake that doesn't bite teaches you nothing.”
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“Writing is so difficult that I often feel that writers, having had their hell on earth, will escape all punishment hereafter.”
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“People who keep journals have life twice.”
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“Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely necessary.”
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“If you want a baby, have a new one. Don't baby the old one.”
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“I have done more harm by the falseness of trying to please than by the honesty of trying to hurt.”
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“Knowledge of what you love somehow comes to you; you don’t have to read nor analyze nor study. If you love a thing enough, knowledge of it seeps into you, with particulars more real than any chart can furnish.”
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“Groan and forget it.”
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“Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.”
Jessamyn West
“Nothing ruins a face so fast as double-dealing. Your face telling one story to the world. Your heart yanking your face to pieces, trying to let the truth be known.”
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“I am always jumping into the sausage grinder and deciding, even before I’m half ground, that I don’t want to be a sausage after all.”
Jessamyn West, Double Discovery
“Some people are always thirsting for water from other people's wells.”
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“You can only write about what you don't know, and find out about it in the writing.”
Jessamyn West, Collected Stories of Jessamyn West


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