She was the captain of her soul
("Light in August")
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I can remember how when I was young I believed death to be a phenomenon of the body now I know it to be merely a function of the mind -- and that of the minds who suffer the bereavement. The nihilists say it is the end the fundamentalists, the beginning when in reality it is no more than a single tenant or family moving out of a tenement or a town.
I suppose that people, using themselves and each other so much by words, are at least consistent in attributing wisdom to a still tongue...
The writer in America isn't part of the culture of this country. He's like a fine dog. People like him around, but he's of no use. . . .
I'm glad I haven't got the sort of conscience I've got to nurse like a sick puppy all the time.
It is as though the space between us were time: an irrevocable quality. It is as though time, no longer running straight before us in a diminishing line, now runs parallel between us like a looping string, the distance being the doubling accretion of the thread an not the interval between.
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