“The sickness I was suffering from was that I had been driven out of the paradise of childhood and…”

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“The sickness I was suffering from was that I had been driven out of the paradise of childhood and had not found my place in the world of adults. I had set myself up in the absolute in order to gaze down upon this world which was rejecting me; now, if I wanted to act, to write a book, to express myself, I would have to go back down there: but my contempt had annihilated it, and I could see nothing but emptiness.”

Simone de Beauvoir, Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter

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