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For me, as a beginning novelist, all other living writers form a control group for whom the world is a placebo.
God employs several translators; some pieces are translated by age, some by sickness, some by war, some by justice.
When one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language.
No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main.... Any man's death diminishes me ...
But I do nothing upon myself, and yet am mine own executioner.
Affliction is a treasure, and scarce any man hath enough of it.
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