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“He’s such a generous spirit, you’d be embarrassed to behave in a small way around him.”

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source: describing writer George Saunders, in “George Saunders Has Written the Best Book You’ll Read This Year,” by Joel Lovell, New York Times Magazine, January 3, 2013.

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“Slowly now, nice neat letters:
the point is to do things well,
not just to do them.”

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source: Antonio Machado: Selected Poems, trans. by Alan S. Trueblood (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1982), 183.

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“When I was a little kid, there were still blacksmiths around, and I’ve never forgotten the ring of a real hammer on a real anvil.”

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source: written in a letter to Philip Roth, letting him know his stories are the “real thing,” dated December 12, 1969, in Saul Bellow: Letters (New York: Viking, 2010), 290.

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“It’s easier to hold to your principles 100% of the time than it is to hold to them 98% of the time. If you give in to ‘just this once,’ based on a marginal cost analysis, as some of my former classmates have done, you’ll regret where you end up. You’ve got to define for yourself what you stand for and draw the line in a safe place.”

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source: “How Will You Measure Your Life?,” Harvard Business Review, July 1, 2010.

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