There is nothing more tragic for a man who has been expecting to die than a long convalescence. After that touch from the wing of Death, what seemed important is so no longer; other things become so which had at first seemed unimportant, or which one did not even know existed. The miscellaneous mass of acquired knowledge of every kind that has overlain the mind gets peeled of in places like a mask of paint, exposing the bare skin - the very flesh of the authentic creature that had lain hidden beneath it.
(The Immoralist, 1902)

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It is good to follow one's own bent, so long as it leads upward.
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Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.
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Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.
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