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It still comes as a shock to realize that I don't write about what I know, but in order to find out what I know.
Writing about why you write is a funny business, like scratching what doesn't itch. Impulses are mysterious, and explaining them must be done with mirrors, like certain cunning slight-of-hand routines.
We only store in memory images of value. To write about one's life is to live it twice, and the second time is both spiritual and historical.
No memoirist writes for long without experiencing an unsettling disbelief about the reliability of memory, a hunch that memory is not, after all, just memory.
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The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right; the spirit of liberty is the spirit which seeks to understands the minds of other men and women.
March 12, 1946
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