Quotation by Diane Arbus

There's a quality of legend about freaks. Like a person in a fairy tale who stops you and demands that you answer a riddle. Most people go through life dreading they'll have a traumatic experience. Freaks were born with their trauma. They've already passed their test in life. They're aristocrats.
Diane Arbus (1923–1971), U.S. photographer. Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph (1972).

From class lectures given in 1971.
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