I thought: pity the poor in spirit who know neither the enchantment nor the beauty of language.
("The Elegance of the Hedgehog")
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It is always reassuring to be disabused of one's own paranoia.
What is writing, no matter how lavish the pieces, if it says nothing of the truth, cares little for the heart, and is merely subservient to the pleasure of showing one's brilliance.
But enough of phenomenology; it is nothing more than the solitary, endless monologue of consciousness, a hard-core autism that no real cat would ever importune.
So much for the movement of the world! It could have been perfection and it was a disaster. It should be experienced in reality and it is pleasure by proxy, like always.
I find this a fascinating phenomenon: the ability we have to manipulate ourselves so that the foundation of our beliefs is never shaken.
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Always it gave me a pang that my children had no lawful claim to a name.
Harriet Ann Jacobs
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We must not expect a full-scale peaceful revolution every time a Labour Government is elected.