Nobody-but-yourself

The moment you feel, you’re nobody-but-yourself.
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.

—A Poet’s Advice to Students”, in E. E. Cummings, A Miscellany (1958).

 

 

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