„She could have had a life as potent and dangerous as literature itself.“

—  Michael Cunningham, livro The Hours

Fonte: The Hours

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„It is not only in literature that fiction generates immorality. It does it also in life itself. For the substance of our life is almost exclusively composed of fiction.“

—  Simone Weil French philosopher, Christian mystic, and social activist 1909 - 1943

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