Eclecticism is the word. Like a jazz musician who creates his own style out of the styles around him, I play by ear.
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If the word has the potency to revive and make us free, it has also the power to blind, imprison, and destroy.
Had the price of looking been blindness, I would have looked.
Hibernation is a covert preparation for a more overt action.
The understanding of art depends finally upon one's willingness to extend one's humanity and one's knowledge of human life.
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My childhood home backed onto wheat and cotton fields.
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For the person for whom small things do not exist, the great is not great.
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