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“Talent is insignificant. I know a lot of talented ruins. Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but, most of all, endurance.”

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source: The Paris Review Interviews, vol. II (New York: Picador, 2007), 266.

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notes: Originally published in Issue 91 of The Paris Review, 1984.

“I still believe that the mildest and most obscure of Americans can be rescued from oblivion by good luck, sudden changes in fortune, sudden encounters with heroes. I believe it because I lived it.”

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source: “Theodore C. Sorensen, 82, Kennedy Counselor, Dies,” by Tim Weiner, The New York Times, October 31, 2010.

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