William Faulkner on Deciding to be Free

“Freedom comes with the decision: it does not wait for the act. She felt freer, more at peace with herself than she had felt in months. But I wont think about that, she decided deliberately. It is best just to be free, not even to know you are free, not to let it into the conscious mind. To be consciously anything argues a comparison, a bond with antithesis. Live in your dream, do not attain it, else comes satiety—or sorrow. Which is worse, I wonder?”

—William Faulkner, Soldiers’ Pay


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