Quotation by Camille Paglia

Man is not merely the sum of his masks. Behind the shifting face of personality is a hard nugget of self, a genetic gift.... The self is malleable but elastic, snapping back to its original shape like a rubber band. Mental illness is no myth, as some have claimed. It is a disturbance in our sense of possession of a stable inner self that survives its personae.
Camille Paglia (b. 1947), U.S. author, critic, educator. "Sexual Personae: The Cancelled Preface," Sex, Art, and American Culture (1992).
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