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“Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.”

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source: The Crack Up (New York: New Directions, 2009) [reprint], 126.

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“Life is so short, so fragile, so mystifying. After all, how many people do we actually love in the course of a lifetime? Just a few, a tiny few. When most of them are gone, the map of your inner world changes. As my friend George Oppen once said to me about getting old: what a strange thing to happen to a little boy.”

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source: The Paris Review Interviews, vol. IV (New York: Picador, 2009), 328.

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notes: Originally published in Issue 167 of The Paris Review, 2003.

“For an old man, a canoe is ideal—he need only sit still and move his arms. My first boat was an Old Town green canoe, and my last boat is the same. In between there were many.”

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source: Letters of E. B. White, rev. edition edited by Martha White (New York: Harper Perennial, 2007), 642.

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notes: letter to Mrs. Elizabeth Donaldson dated August 27, 1981 (White was 82 years old)

“…I’ve always promised myself I’m going to spend my declining years just taking walks in Rome. Nothing could be more profitable, I think, for the last 20 years of one’s life.”

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source: letter to Robert Lowell, dated Sunday, July 24, 1948, in Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010), 45.

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