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“From this instance, reader, Be encouraged to diligence in thy calling And distrust not Providence.”

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source: Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin, Vol. 1 (Philadalphia, PA: McCarty & Davis, 1840), 5.

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“When you write my epitaph, you must say I was the loneliest person who ever lived.”

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source: letter from Robert Lowell to Elizabeth Bishop, dated August 15, 1957, in Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010), 225.

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notes: source info is a little confusing: Lowell quotes these words of Bishop's in his letter to her

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