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“After school we were on our own, we had our friends, we went out on the cliffs with my dog, and we were free.”

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source: on how she spent time as a child, “Jane Goodall, Illustrated,” The New York Times, May 13, 2011.

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“You see, if you don’t take money, they can’t tell you what to do, kid…Money’s the cheapest thing. Liberty, freedom is the most expensive.”

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source: “Hunting Birds of Paradise,” by Maureen Dowd, The New York Times, April 5, 2011.

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notes: Original source of the quote is the documentary Bill Cunningham New York

“There is a way of living which makes for greater airiness, space, ease, freedom. It is like an airplane’s rise above the storms. It is a way of looking at obstacles as something to overcome; of looking at what defeats us as a monster created by ourselves, within ourselves, by our fears, and therefore dissolvable and transformable.”

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source: The Diary of Anaïs Nin (Vol. 4 1944–1947) (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1971), 148.

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“Writing is a form of personal freedom. It frees us from the mass identity we see in the making all around us. In the end, writers will write not to be outlaw heroes of some underculture but mainly to save themselves, to survive as individuals.”

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source: Conversations with Don DeLillo (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2005), p.143.

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notes: This comes from a letter Don DeLillo wrote to Jonathan Franzen

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