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  • Ourself behind ourself concealed / Should startle most.

    • Emily Dickinson,
    • in Mabel Loomis Todd and Thomas Wentworth Higginson, eds., Poems, 2nd series ()
  • Let me apologize for all the faces I've worn, none of them my own.

    • Ruth Whitman,
    • title poem, The Marriage Wig and Other Poems ()
  • And there is nothing that gives more assurance than a mask.

  • Our masks, always in peril of smearing or cracking, in need of continuous checks in the mirror or silverware, keep us in thrall to ourselves, concerned with our surfaces.

  • Freedom will cost you the mask you have on, the mask that feels so comfortable and is so hard to shed off, not because it fits so well but because you have been wearing it so long.

  • The only proper mask to wear in life is your own damn face.