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Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures. Jessamyn West#Reading 83
Jessamyn West#Reading 83
A broken bone can heal, but the wound a word opens can fester forever. Jessamyn West#Bone 82
Jessamyn West#Bone 82
There are two barriers that often prevent communication between the young and their elders. The first is middle-aged forgetfulness of the fact that they themselves are no longer young. The second is youthful ignorance of the fact that the middle aged are still alive. Jessamyn West#communication 70
Jessamyn West#communication 70
I have done more harm by the falseness of trying to please than by the honesty of trying to hurt. Jessamyn West#Truth 68
Jessamyn West#Truth 68
It is very east to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own. Jessamyn West#Forgiveness 67
Jessamyn West#Forgiveness 67
Groan and forget it. Jessamyn West#Forget 64
Jessamyn West#Forget 64
In my time and neighborhood (and in my soul) there was only one standard by which a woman measured success: did some man want her? Jessamyn West#Success 64
Jessamyn West#Success 64
Faithfulness to the past can be a kind of death above ground. Writing of the past is a resurrection the past then lives in your words and you are free. Jessamyn West#death 59
Jessamyn West#death 59
To meet at all, one must open ones eyes to another; and there is no true conversation no matter how many words are spoken, unless the eye, unveiled and listening, opens itself to the other. Jessamyn West#Listening 57
Jessamyn West#Listening 57
We can love an honest rogue, but what is more offensive than a false saint? Jessamyn West#False 51
Jessamyn West#False 51
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