qotd: loyalty

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Loyalty is not a passive, negative guardianship of the gate . . . It is an active, determined desire that demands total self-awareness and deliberate engagement.

—Qiu Miaojin, Last Words from Montmartre

qotd: freedom

Version 3

In memory, freedom is obvious. In the present moment it’s harder to appreciate, or recognize as a form of responsibility.

—Zadie Smith, Feel Free: Essays

qotd: attention

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Literature is dialogue; responsiveness . . . A writer, I think, is someone who pays attention to the world.

Susan Sontag, from speech after being awarded the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade in 2003