I felt that even when they were polite they hardly saw me, that they would have begged the pardon of Jack the Bear, never glancing his way if the bear happened to be walking along minding his business. It was confusing. I did not know if it was desirable or undesirable...
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The act of writing requires a constant plunging back into the shadow of the past where time hovers ghostlike.
Man's hope can paint a purple picture, can transform a soaring vulture into a noble eagle or moaning dove.
Good fiction is made of that which is real, and reality is difficult to come by.
There are few things in the world as dangerous as sleepwalkers.
And the mind that has conceived a plan of living must never lose sight of the chaos against which that pattern was conceived. That goes for societies as well as for individuals.
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