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Quotation marks

published: 2008-08-11

The hairdresser had rolled up her sleeve. Through the mirror, I was able to decipher the tattoo on the inside of her arm. It said: “The unexamined life is not worth living.”
I asked her whether she’d made that up herself.
“No,” she said, “Socrates.”
I considered the concept of engraving someone else’s ideas about life on my body which, in its appearance, is what others define me by. To me, this hairdresser has become a reprint of Socrates.
“You should have used quotation marks,” I said.

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