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“The faculty of memory cannot be separated from the imagination. ... To one degree or another, we all invent our personal pasts.”
“Human beings are repetitive animals. All meaning is generated through repetition.”
“Intellectual curiosity about one's own illness is certainly born of a desire for mastery. If I couldn't cure myself, perhaps I could at least begin to understand myself.”
“Like countless first-year medical students, immersed in the symptoms of one disease after another, I am alert to the tingles and pangs, the throbs and quivers of my mortal body, each one of which is potentially a sign of the end.”
Siri Hustvedt, U.S. writer