Space or science fiction has become a dialect for our time.
The Guardian, London (7 November 1988)
When old settlers say, "One has to understand the country," what they mean is, "You have to get used to our ideas about the native." They are saying, in effect, "Learn our ideas, or otherwise get out; we don't want you."Doris Lessing
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
Any human anywhere will blossom in a hundred unexpected talents and capacities simply by being given the opportunity to do so.Doris Lessing
You want me to begin a novel with The two women were alone in the London flat?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