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Marguerite Yourcenar on defeat, labyrinths, foundations:

February 12, 2010

“Only defeat finds keys, opens doors.”

“Ariadne’s thread will not pull her out, since she winds it around her own heart.”

(Fires: “Phaedra”)

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“This weight, hidden at the bottom of a bone cage, gives each of her springs into the void the mortal taste of danger.”

I will not kill myself. The dead are so quickly forgotten.

One can only raise happiness on a foundation of despair. I think I will be able to start building.

Let no one be accused of my life.

It’s not a question of suicide. It’s only a question of beating a record.”

(Fires:  “Sappho or Suicide”)

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