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I touched the thought like a bruise, testing its ache.

— Madeleine Miller, Circe

But maybe boredom is erotic, when women do it, for men.

— Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

In a wink, a lifetime, we pass through the infinite movements of a silent overture.

— Patti Smith, M Train

And history is vitally important because perhaps as much as, if not more than biology, the past owns us and however much we think we can, we cannot escape it. If you only knew how close you are to people who seem so far from you … it would astonish you. ‘Also, it’s a way of honouring those who came before us. We can tell their stories. Wouldn’t you want someone to tell your story? Ultimately, it’s the best proof there is that we mattered. And what else is life from the time you were born but a struggle to matter, at least to someone?

— Eliot Perlman, The Street Sweepers
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