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  • He had been reduced to the condition of an ancient invalid and it took him long, long minutes to crawl across his room — crawling over the ceiling was out of the question — but this deterioration in his condition was fully (in his opinion) made up for by the door to the living room being left open every evening.

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  • The situation could quickly deteriorate.
  • Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer’s loneliness, but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates.
    Ernest Hemingway

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