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 "I'm not going to lay down in words the lure of this place. Every great writer in the land, from Faulkner to Twain to Rice to Ford, has tried to do it and fallen short. It is impossible to capture the essence, tolerance, and spirit of south Louisiana in words and to try is to roll down a road of clichés, bouncing over beignets and beads and brass bands and it just is what it is.

It is home."
— Chris Rose (1 Dead in Attic) 

 "Leaving New Orleans also frightened me considerably. Outside of the city limits the heart of     darkness, the true wasteland begins."
                                   — John Kennedy Toole (A Confederacy of Dunces) 

 "Times are not good here. The city is crumbling into ashes. It has been buried under taxes and  frauds and maladministraions so that it has become a study for archaeologists...but it is better to live here in sackcloth and ashes than to own the whole state of Ohio."
— Lafcadio Hearn (Inventing New Orleans: Writings of Lafcadio Hearn) 

 "Madame Lily Devalier always asked "Where are you?" in a way that insinuated that there were only two places on earth one could be: New Orleans and somewhere ridiculous."
— Tom Robbins (Jitterbug Perfume)

 "So while an incredible amount of progress has been made, on this fifth anniversary, I wanted to come here and tell the people of this city directly: My administration is going to stand with you - and fight alongside you - until the job is done. Until New Orleans is all the way back, all the way."
 - Barack Obama 

                                  "In New Orleans, gluttony is a way of life."                                          ~ Morton Horwitz

          "I'm not sure, but I'm almost positive that all music came from New Orleans."
                                                          ~Ernest Kador Jr.

                                 “New Orleans is just a doggone fun place to be.” 
                                                          ~ Archie Manning
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 . . . And In The Moment That The Last Breath Was Drawn, A Snake Crept Under Death's Bed, And Slipped Away Through A Hole In The Wall Of The House That The Red Ochre Called Home. Thus The Final Words Of Plotinus Remain, "Strive To Give Back The Divine In Yourselves, To The Divine In The All."
" To be ignorant of what occured before You were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?" -- Marcus Tullius Cicero