I am the sum total of everything that went before me, of all I have been seen done, of everything done-to-me. I am everyone everything whose being-in-the-world affected was affected by mine. I am anything that happens after I'm gone which would not have happened if I had not come.
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Why, alone of all the more-than-five-hundred-million, should I have to bear the burden of history?
Names, once they are in common use, quickly become mere sounds, their etymology being buried, like so many of the earth's marvels, beneath the dust of habit.
Writers and politicians are natural rivals. Both groups try to make the world in their own images; they fight for the same territory.
One of the extraordinary things about human events is that the unthinkable becomes thinkable.
In this world without quiet corners, there can be no easy escapes from history, from hullabaloo, from terrible, unquiet fuss.
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I know a lot of people didn't understand why I came back, and people are still going to say it was stupid and it was the wrong decision. But I'm happy.
Above all, you must fight conceit, envy, and every kind of ill-feeling in your heart.
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