Saturday, October 2, 2021

Quote of the Day (Vivian Gornick, on Humiliation)

“Nothing, nothing, nothing in the world can destroy the soul as much as outright humiliation. Every other infliction can eventually be withstood or overcome, but not humiliation. Humiliation lingers in the mind, the heart, the veins, the arteries forever. It allows people to brood for decades on end, often deforming their inner lives.”—American essayist, journalist, and memoirist Vivian Gornick, “‘Put on the Diamonds’: Notes on Humiliation,” Harper’s, October 2021

(Photograph of Vivian Gornick taken Oct. 4, 2018, through YouTube by librairie mollat.)

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