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Someone asked me today what it was Welty said about living a daring life, so here it is:

“As you have seen, I am a writer who came of a sheltered life.  A sheltered life can be a daring life as well.  For all serious daring starts from within.”

This comes at the end of her memoir, One Writer’s Beginnings, and it has long been one of my favorite quotes on writers and writing, or on life for that matter.  Indeed.  It all starts from within.