Jessamyn West was was born 18 July 1902, and died 23 February 1984
- I've done more harm by the falseness of trying to please than by the honesty of trying to hurt.
- 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.
- Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.
- A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humour, for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself.
- Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely essential.
- It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.
- A broken bone can heal, but the wound a word opens can fester forever.
- Writing is so difficult that I often feel that writers, having had their hell on earth, will escape all punishment hereafter.
- The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future.
West was an American author of short stories and novels.
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