Jessamyn West Quotes
Brief author info: Jessamyn West (1902-1984) American novelist and short-story writer.
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There is no royal path to good writing; and such paths as exist do not lead through neat critical gardens, various as they are, but through the jungles of self, the world, and of craft.
The past is almost as much a work of the imagination as the future.
I seem to be the only person in the world who doesn't mind being pitied. If you love me, pity me. The human state is pitiable: born to die, capable of so much, accomplishing so little; killing instead of creating, destroying instead of building, hating instead of loving. Pitiful, pitiful.
At fourteen, you don't need sickness or death for tragedy.
It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes. It takes more guts and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.
Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.
To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you're not, pretend you are.
A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.
I'm the one that has to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life, the way I want to.
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
- Mae West