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Karen Armstrong

“The constant reprimands made me hyperconscious of my own performance, and so instead of getting rid of self, I had become embedded in the egoism I was supposed to transcend. Now I was beginning to understand that a silence that is not clamorous with vexation and worried self-regard can become part of the texture of your mind, can seep into you, moment by moment, and gradually change you.”


Karen Armstrong, The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness
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The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness by Karen Armstrong
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