Lessing, Doris May (nee Tayler)
Currently alive, at 96 years of age.
British (Iranian-born) author and former Communist
wrote novels "The Grass Is Singing" 1950, "The Golden Notebook" 1962, "The Good Terrorist" 1985, "The Fifth Child" 1988, "Love, Again" 1996, Children of Violence quintet (novels "Martha Quest" 1952, "A Proper Marriage" 1954, "A Ripple from the Storm" 1958, "Landlocked" 1965, "The Four-Gated City" 1969), Canopus in Argos: Archives series 1979-1983, autobiographies "Under My Skin: Volume One of My Autobiography, to 1949" 1994, "Walking in the Shade: Volume Two of My Autobiography, 1949-1962" 1997
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- "Think wrongly if you please, but in all cases think for yourself."
- "You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accomodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others, will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself-educating your own judgement. Those that stay must remember, always and all the time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this society."
- "What's terrible is to pretend that the second-rate is first-rate. To pretend that you don't need love when you do; or you like your work when you know quite well you're capable of better."
- "In university they don't tell you that the greater part of the law is learning to tolerate fools."