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“I have a theory that every time you make an important choice, the part of you left behind continues the other life you could have had.”

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source: Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (New York: Grove Press, 1985), 169.

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“He had reached that moment in life, different for each one of us, when a man abandons himself to his demon or to his genius, following a mysterious law which bids him either to destroy or outdo himself.”

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source: Memoirs of Hadrian (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005), 71.

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“If you want to make the right decision for the future, fear is not a very good consultant.”

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source: “Publish or Perish,” by Ken Auletta, in The New Yorker, April 26, 2010.

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