“To be nobody – but -yourself– in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else–means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.”

-e. e. cummings, “A Poet’s Advice to Students” in E. E. Cummings: A Miscellany (1958), edited by George James Firmage, p. 13 (Source).

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  1. Broken Handmaid of the Lord December 12, 2018 / 8:00 am

    The pressure of conformity is relentless. The authentic self is constantly being coated in layers of distortion that must be sponged away to expose the raw reality underneath. Constantly sponging….

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  2. Michael B. Fishman December 12, 2018 / 2:36 pm

    Love that quote. I think it’s safe to say that he will never win the Terrible Poetry Contest.

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