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“Who knows what the day after tomorrow will bring—the very thing we most wanted and haven’t allowed our hearts to hope.”

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source: letter to Eudora Welty, January 24, 1967, in What There Is to Say We Have Said, ed. by Suzanne Marrs (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2011), 213.

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medium: Letter

“My heart always leads me to me!”

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source: “Colbert for President? Tune In Tonight,” by Brian Stelter, Media Decoder (blog), New York Times, January 12, 2012.

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“Like anyone else, she must have wanted different things at the same time. The human heart is a dark forest.”

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source: This Boy’s Life (New York: Grove Press, 1989), 143.

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“The day is breaking someone else’s heart.”

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source: “Prism,” in James Merrill: Selected Poems 1946–1985 (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996), 65.

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medium: Poetry

“Send me a little note, old pal. Remember you occupy one of the top compartments of my heart.”

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source: letter to Samuel Freifeld, dated November 5, 1955, in Saul Bellow: Letters (New York: Viking, 2010), 142.

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“I’m sorry, I’ve never been a fan of books. I don’t trust them. They’re all fact, no heart. I mean, they’re elitist, telling us what is or isn’t true or what did or didn’t happen. Who’s Britannica to tell me the Panama Canal was built in 1914? If I want to say it was built in 1941, that’s my right as an American! I’m with the President. Let history decide what did or did not happen.”

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source: White House Correspondents’ Dinner, 2006

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