Only will I establish in the Mannahatta and in every city of these States inland and seaboard,
And in the fields and woods, above every keel little or large that dents the water,
Without edifices or rules or trustees or any argument,
The institution of the dear love of comrades.
Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
Life begins somewhere with the scent of lavender.
Andre Aciman, "Lavender"
It never surprised me that 'we,' in French, means yes. Even in adulthood I'm addicted to the word. 'Oh yes, we saw that movie.' 'Our favorite restaurant.' 'We figured out--' Hal, Michael, my family, students, friends, find it puzzling. 'We' saw that? Not that I remember.' Secretly this is a matter of pride to me. Promiscuous we!/Me, plus anybody else./Permeable we!
Eve Sedgwick, "A Dialog on Love"
Academic humility is the knowledge that anyone can teach us something. Practice it.
Umberto Eco, How to Write a Thesis