A Golden Notebook Full Of Good Quotes
I always judge a book by how much I mark in it–either a note or two in the margins or underlining passages.
By that standard, The Golden Notebook should rank fairly high on my list.
I didn’t expect much from this book, but it’s been a pleasant surprise. Nothing groundbreaking. It’s not going to give The Great Gatsby or To Kill A Mockingbird a run, but it is a really good book that has held my attention–at least until the last 100 pages or so, but I’ll cover that in my review next week.
And guess what? It’s not even that heavy on plot! How I surprise myself sometimes.
The Golden Notebook is a novel that focuses on character development. And with that comes a lot of great insights from these characters.
I pulled a few of my favorite quotes from this novel so far.
“Very few people really care about freedom, about liberty, about the truth, very few. Very few people have guts, the kind of guts on which a real democracy has to depend. Without people with that sort of guts a free society dies or cannot be born.”
“What’s terrible is to pretend that 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.”
“Do you know what people really want? Everyone, I mean. Everybody in the world is thinking: I wish there was just one other person I could really talk to, who could really understand me, who’d be kind to me. That’s what people really want, if they’re telling the truth.”
“Art is the Mirror of our betrayed ideals.”
“Don’t you think it’s extraordinary that we are both people whose personalities, whatever that word may mean, are large enough to include all sorts of things, politics and literature and art, but now that we’re mad everything concentrates down to one small thing, that I don’t want you to go off and sleep with someone else, and that you must lie to me about it?”
“People are just cannibals unless they leave each other alone.”
So that’s just a sampler of the many good quotes from The Golden Notebook.
Doris Lessing continues to make me smile with her excellent writing.