Quotation by Jean Genet

Excluded by my birth and tastes from the social order, I was not aware of its diversity.... Nothing in the world was irrelevant: the stars on a general's sleeve, the stock-market quotations, the olive harvest, the style of the judiciary, the wheat exchange, flower-beds.... Nothing. This order, fearful and feared, whose details were all inter-related, had a meaning: my exile.
Jean Genet (1910–1986), French playwright, novelist. The Thief's Journal, p. 151 (1949, repr. 1965).
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