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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 297 of Irene Nemirovsky‘s beautiful novel, written during the early years of World War II but not published until 2006, Suite Francaise.

I want to be free.  I’m not asking for superficial freedom, the freedom to travel, to leave this house (even though that would be unimaginably blissful).  I’d rather feel free inside – to choose my own path, never to waver, not to follow the swarm.  I hate this community spirit they go on and on about.  The Germans, the French, the Gaullists, they all agree on one thing: you have to love, think, live with other people, as part of a state, a country, a political party.  Oh, my God! I don’t want to!