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Earle Birney, yes. Earle that was an odd sort of relationship, stormy at the time, very stormy. Earle was a very bad-tempered man and a vain man, but nevertheless.
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I began even as a boy to realize how wide the world can be for a man of free intelligence.
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I believe in that connection between freedom and the city.
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I don't believe in kicking away ladders. By that, I mean the ladders by which I ascended as a young writer, small magazines that didn't pay anything, and that sort of thing.
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I don't have all that many friends who are writers. I know their problems, but I don't know the problems of painters.
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I like to move among painters, mathematicians, psychologists, people who can tell me something.
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I suppose I'm led to do so by the fact of what happened to my contemporaries - people whom I've admired, people who I thought were ten times better than me when I was in my twenties and early thirties. I may have been right.
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I suppose, a person for whom freedom is the most important thing - intellectual freedom and, as far as possible, physical freedom.
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I was allowed to wander where I could. Here is a case in which you search for your independence and allow something creative to come out of that.
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I was editing Canadian Literature. I didn't want to let Canadian Literature go, so they reached a nice compromise by which I received half a professor's salary.
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I was unpopular at school just because I was an intellectual. I always answered all the questions off the top of my head but they nevertheless resented because of that.
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If you think of the Greek city-states where they developed all the ideas of democracy, if you think of the medieval cities where the serf could flee from his lord's estate, once he got through the gates he was a free man.
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In most English school it is a brutal kind of pro-sporty spirit that militates against the intellectual who is looked on as a weakling.
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It doesn't really mean a great deal of difference to a life. You live as you wish to do and if a job is oppressing, you leave it. I've done it on several occasions.
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It even has the same phraseology as the English orders of knighthood, companions and this sort of thing.
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It's a derogatory thing to say it's a form of evasion, but you evade those unpleasant choices, you evade those situations in which you are insubordinate, you evade the situations that will offend your dignity.
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My early wounds were the English school system among other things. It wasn't merely the discipline, it was the ways in which boys got what was called the school spirit.
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My split with the university was over the fact that I had become involved with helping Tibetans in India.
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Now I am a writer who can command fairly good payments from magazines with large circulations, I very often refuse to write for them and still write sometimes for small magazines for nothing.
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Orwell was the sort of man who was full of grievances. He was very loyal. Once he got to know you, he was extremely loyal. He hated passionately and irrationally.
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Structures are fine as long as they are controlled by the people who actually work within the structures, but they're dicey even there.
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They decided that unpaid leave could only be granted through the decision of a council that consisted almost entirely of scientists who couldn't understand my reasons for wanting to go so. They said no, no unpaid. So I immediately resigned.
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This is an important tradition, the link between the idea of the city and the idea of freedom. That's why I've accepted it.
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We don't allow people to be knights, to be knighted by the Queen of England, but we do allow them to become members of the Order of Canada.
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We had lived among them for short periods with great friendship, great understanding.
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What I'm going to be given I gather is not the key to the city, which in many cities is the case. It's the freedom medal, and for me freedom has always been associated traditionally within the city.
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When you act dramatically in that way it often has a consequence that is very negative.
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You can be bound by physical things, as I am by certain sicknesses, but nevertheless you can still be free to recognize that all initiatives really come from yourself if you don't depend upon structures of government or structures of any kind.
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