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“To propose to a man that he be someone else, that he become someone else, is to propose that he cease to be himself. Every man defends his own personality, and will agree to a change in his way of thinking or of feeling only in so far as this change can harmonize with and be integrated into the rest of his mode of being, thinking, and feeling, while at the same time it can be linked with his memories. [A man cannot] be asked to make a change that will break the unity and continuity of the person. A man can be greatly changed, almost completely in fact, but only within the stream of his continuity.”

— Miguel de Unamuno (translated by Anthony Kerrigan), The Tragic Sense of Life in Men and Nations (Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 1972), pgs. 12-13.

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