Home Lives Inside You

atkins bookshelf quotations“Thomas Wolfe warned in the title of America’s great novel that ‘You Can’t Go Home Again.’ I enjoyed the book but I never agreed with the title. I believe that one can never leave home. I believe that one carries the shadows, the dreams, the fears and dragons of home under one’s skin, at the extreme corners of one’s eyes and possibly in the gristle of the earlobe.

Home is that youthful region where a child is the only real living inhabitant. Parents, siblings, and neighbors, are mysterious apparitions, who come, go, and do strange unfathomable things in and around the child, the region’s only enfranchised citizen…

We may act sophisticated and worldly but I believe we feel safest when we go inside ourselves and find home, a place where we belong and maybe the only place we really do.”

From Letter to My Daughter (2008) by Maya Angelou (1928-2014), American poet, author, and civil rights activist. Her best know work is the disturbing (due to unflinching depiction of hatred, violence, and oppression) but ultimately inspiring autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), that reveals how Angelou found solace, guidance, and wisdom in literature during her formative years.

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