The mask was a thing on it's own, behind which Jack hid, liberated from shame and self-conciousness.
("Lord of the Flies")
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Percival was mouse-coloured and had not been very attractive even to his mother.
Utopias are presented for our inspection as a critique of the human state. If they are to be treated as anything but trivial exercises of the imagination. I suggest there is a simple test we can apply.... We must forget the whole paraphernalia of social description, demonstration, expostulation, approbation, condemnation. We have to say to ourselves, 'How would I myself live in this proposed society How long would it be before I went stark staring mad'
Novelists do not write as birds sing, by the push of nature. It is part of the job that there should be much routine and some daily stuff on the level of carpentry.
Sleep is when all the unsorted stuff comes flying out as from a dustbin upset in a high wind.
We're not savages. We're English.
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