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“Beauty is often spoken of as though it only stirs lust or admiration, but the most beautiful people are so in a wa that makes them look like destiny or fate or meaning, the heroes of a remarkable story. Desire for them is in part a desire for a noble destiny, and beauty can seem lik ea door to meaning as well as to pleasure. And yet such people are often nothing extraordinary except in their effect on others. Exceptional beauty and charm are among those gifts given by the sinister fairy at the christening.”

– Rebecca Solnit, “Abandon,” A Field Guide to Getting Lost

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