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Perhaps to lose a sense of where you are implies the danger of losing a sense of who you are.

("Invisible Man")

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I was pulled this way and that for longer than I can remember. And my problem was that I always tried to go in everyone's way but my own. I have also been called one thing and then another while no one really wished to hear what I called myself. So after years of trying to adopt the opinions of others I finally rebelled. I am an invisible man.
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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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I'm not a separatist. The imagination is integrative. That's how you make the new -- by putting something else with what you've got. And I'm unashamedly an American integrationist.
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What and how much had I lost by trying to do only what was expected of me instead of what I myself had wished to do?
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The act of writing requires a constant plunging back into the shadow of the past where time hovers ghostlike.
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I'd been so fascinated by the notion, that I'd forgotten to measure what it was bringing forth. I'd been asleep, dreaming.
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