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Quotation by William Wordsworth
Heaven lies about us in our infancy!
Shades of the prison-house begin to close
Upon the growing boy.
William Wordsworth (1770–1850), British poet. Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood, st. 5, l. 66-8, Poems in Two Volumes (1807).
Ambrose Bierce made a riposte to this in The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906): "Heaven lies about us in our infancy ... and the world begins lying about us pretty soon afterward."
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