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"He's perpetrating a myth that the wife of Alexander Wood, the inventor of the hypodermic needle, died of an injected overdose of morphine. Not true; she survived her husband." Feb 12, 2019 05:41PM

Stop Walking on E...

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"It's a quick read - the authors are doing a good job of presenting the inner emptiness that impels people with BPD to lash out - a reminder to the rest of us to retain our (sometimes shredded) compassion." May 16, 2014 03:03PM

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"So far, fascinating. Love the Romanov sleuthing, although it is incidental to the main story." Jan 13, 2019 06:00PM

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Charlotte Brontë
I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more I will respect myself. I will keep the law given by God; sanctioned by man. I will hold the principles received by me when I was sane, not mad -- as I am now. Laws and principles are not for times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour; stringent are they; inviolate they shall be. If at my individual convenience I might break them, what would be their worth? They have a worth -- so I have always believed; and if I cannot believe it now, it is because I am insane -- quite insane, with my veins running fire, and my heart beating faster than I can count its throbs. Preconceived opinions, foregone determinations are all I have at this hour to stand; there I plant my foot.”
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Peter S. Beagle
“The impulse is being called reactionary now, but lovers of Middle-earth want to go there. I would myself, like a shot. For in the end it is Middle-earth and its dwellers that we love, not Tolkien’s considerable gifts in showing it to us. I said once that the world he charts was there long before him, and I still believe it. He is a great enough magician to tap our most common nightmares, daydreams and twilight fancies, but he never invented them either: he found them a place to live, a green alternative to each day’s madness here in a poisoned world. We are raised to honor all the wrong explorers and discoverers—thieves planting flags, murderers carrying crosses. Let us at last praise the colonizers of dreams.”
Peter S. Beagle, The Tolkien Reader

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