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“You ask of my companions. Hills, sir, and the sundown, and a dog large as myself, that my father bought me. They are better than beings because they know, but do not tell.”

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source: The Life and Letters of Emily Dickinson (New York: Biblo & Tannen Publishers, 1971), 239.

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notes: April 1862 letter to Thomas Wentworth Higginson

“Books are the greatest companions, confessors, confidantes, tutors, a source of pleasure, a cure for loneliness, and to find one, in the middle of an island in Tahiti, in the heart of the Moroccan desert, or at an airport where one is stranded for a night, is to find the friend who reminds us we are not alone.”

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source: The Diary of Anaïs Nin (Vol 7, 1966–1974) (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1980), 104.

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notes: Fall, 1969 entry in Nin's diary

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