Hilary Mantel: “From her first emergence in public, sun shining through her skirt, Diana was exploited, for money, for thrills, for laughs. She was not a saint, or a rebel who needs our posthumous assistance – she was a young woman of scant personal resources who believed she was basking with dolphins when she was foundering among sharks.”

[see also “Royal Bodies”]

Broaden your emotional portfolio. Why limit yourself to “smiley happiness and pouty sadness” when you can “scowl in anger, smile in anger, widen your eyes in anger, squint in anger, shout in anger, stew silently in anger, and even bond with others over anger.”

Bayard Rustin: “There is a strong moralistic strain in the civil rights movement which would remind us that power corrupts, forgetting that the absence of power also corrupts.”

Paul Krugman:  “Nobody can be presumed pure simply because he is currently without much power or access to power — for that very lack of power can have its own distorting effect.”


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