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“With work to do and the talent to do it, one can cope with personal loneliness, for talent fulfilled brings the deepest content that an individual can know. One’s first impulse is to assuage the loneliness by establishing relationships of friendship and love. It is a youthful impulse and sooner or later life teaches us that love dies and most friendships change with time. Sometimes it is we ourselves who outgrow the ones we once loved and depended on. If you have three upon whom you can unfailingly count, you are fortunate.”

From For Spacious Skies: Journey in Dialogue by Pearl S. Buck with Theodore F. Harris

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