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turning point

“He had reached that moment in life, different for each one of us, when a man abandons himself to his demon or to his genius, following a mysterious law which bids him either to destroy or outdo himself.”

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source: Memoirs of Hadrian (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005), 71.

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“Perhaps the turning point in one’s life is realizing that to be treated like a victim is not necessarily to become one.”

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source: The Paris Review Interviews, vol. II (New York: Picador, 2007), 259.

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

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