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“Words are not numbers, nor even signs. They are animals, alive, and with a will of their own. Put together, they are invariably less or more than their sum. Words die in antisepsis. Asked to be neutral, they display allegiances and stubborn propensities. They assume the color of their new surroundings, like chameleons; they perversely develop echoes.”

~ Guy Davenport, Another Odyssey

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