„Masked, I advance.“

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„if you ask me many of Americans have been wearing the mask even before from covid 19. the mask i refer to is of course the clown's mask.“

—  Dril Twitter user

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„First of all, we have to understand what communism is. I mean, to me, real communism, the Soviet communism, is basically a mask for Bolshevism, which is a mask for Judaism.“

—  Bobby Fischer American chess prodigy, chess player, and chess writer 1943 - 2008

Press Conference, September 1 1992 http://www.mark-weeks.com/chess/92fs$$.htm

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„For the first time the sun kissed my own naked face and my soul was inflamed with love for the sun, and I wanted my masks no more. And as if in a trance I cried, "Blessed, blessed are the thieves who stole my masks."“

—  Khalil Gibran Lebanese artist, poet, and writer 1883 - 1931

Thus I became a madman.
And I have found both freedom and safety in my madness; the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us.
But let me not be too proud of my safety. Even a Thief in a jail is safe from another thief.
The Madman (1918)

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„I can't design a mask and say to someone else, "Just do it."“

—  Julie Taymor American film and theatre director 1952

It's partly because I'm a better sculptor than I am a drawer. Considering the amount of time it would take me to draw exactly what I want, I might as well sculpt it. I paint most of it too. It's incredibly time consuming so I end up turning down a lot of jobs I want to do.
As quoted in "The Lively Arts" in Connoisseur No. 219 (1989), p. 72

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„I met Murder on the way —
He had a mask like Castlereagh“

—  Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Masque of Anarchy

Very smooth he looked, yet grim;
Seven blood-hounds followed him.
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The Masque of Anarchy (1819)

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„It's a terrible thing to be alone — yes it is — it is — but don't lower your mask until you have another mask prepared beneath — as terrible as you like — but a mask.“

—  Katherine Mansfield New Zealand author 1888 - 1923

Letter to her future husband, John Middleton Murry (July 1917), from The Collected Letters of Katherine Mansfield, vol. I

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„Every profound spirit needs a mask: even more, around every profound spirit a mask is continually growing.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900

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„Beauty can be mask for ugliness.“

—  Michael Harrington, book The Other America

Source: The Other America (1962), Ch. 2

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„Boldness is a mask for fear, however great.“

—  Marcus Annaeus Lucanus, book Pharsalia

Book IV, line 702 (tr. J. D. Duff).
Original: (la) Audendo magnus tegitur timor.

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„Ambition is but Avarice on stilts and masked.“

—  Walter Savage Landor, Imaginary Conversations

"Lord Brooke and Sir Philip Sidney".
Imaginary Conversations (1824-1829)

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