Space or science fiction has become a dialect for our time.
The Guardian, London (7 November 1988)
You can only learn to be a better writer by actually writing. I don't know much about creative writing programs. But they're not telling the truth if they don't teach, one, that writing is hard work and, two, that you have to give up a great deal of life, your personal life, to be a writer.Doris Lessing
I do not think writers ought ever to sit down and think they must write about some cause, or theme... If they write about their own experiences, something true is going to emerge.Doris Lessing
You want me to begin a novel with The two women were alone in the London flat?Doris Lessing
There's only one real sin, and that is to persuade oneself that the second-best is anything but the second-best.Doris Lessing
Martha and Jasmine smiled at each other, saying in the smile that because of them, because of their vision, he was protected and saved, the future they dreamed of seemed just around the corner; they could almost touch it. Each saw an ideal town, clean, noble and beautiful, soaring up over the actual town they saw, which consisted in this area of sordid little shops and third-rate cafes.Doris Lessing