Quotation by Doris Lessing

Yes, but what are all these guises, aspects presentations? Only manifestations of what we all are at different times, according to how these needs are pulled out of us. I write in these bald words the deepest lessons of my life, the truest substance of what I have learned. I am not only a Chronicler of Zone Three, or only partially, for I also share in Al*Ith's condition of being ruler insofar as I can write of her, describe her. I am woman with her (though I am a man) as I write of her femaleness—and Dabeeb's. I am Ben Ata when I summon him into my mind and try to make him real. I am ... what I am at the moment I am that.
Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British novelist. The Chronicler, in The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four, and Five, pp. 197-8, Knopf (1980).
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