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Siri Hustvedt

  • 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