Quotes by Rebecca West

  • Nobody likes having salt rubbed into their wounds, even if it is the salt of the earth.

    Injury, Retribution, wounds

  • Everyone realises that one can believe little of what people say about each other, but it is not so widely realised that even less can one trust what people say about themselves.

    Distrust, Self delusion, Self-Esteem, Trust

  • All men should have a drop of treason in their veins.


  • The trouble about man is twofold: he cannot learn truths which are too complicated; he forgets truths which are too simple.


  • Any writer worth his salt knows that only a small proportion of literature does more than partly compensate people for the damage they have suffered in learning to read.


  • Hatred of domestic work is a natural and admirable result of civilisation.


  • I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is. I only know tht people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a door mat or a prostitute


  • Every other inch a gentleman.


  • Just think who we’d have been seen dead with.
    [about the Nazi death list for Britain]