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Jessamyn West Quotes

A religious awakening which does not awaken the sleeper to love has roused him in vain. The Quaker Reader, 1962

~ Jessamyn West

One can write out of love or hate. Hate tells one a great deal about a person. Love makes one become the person. Love, contrary to legend, is not half as blind, at least for writing purposes, as hate. Love can see the evil and not cease to be love. Hate cannot see the good and remain hate. The writer, writing out of hatred, will, thus, paint a far more partial picture than if he had written out of love.

~ Jessamyn West

Memory is a magnet. It will pull to it and hold only material nature has designed it to attract.

~ Jessamyn West

The sick soon come to understand that they live in a different world from that of the well and that the two cannot communicate.

~ Jessamyn West

Sleeplessness is a desert without vegetation or inhabitants.

~ Jessamyn West

Pleasure in irony, either in your own life or in what you read, is an ego trip. "I know what others do not."

~ Jessamyn West

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.

~ Jessamyn West

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