Sense of Exile

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We all long for Eden

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Certainly there was an Eden on this very unhappy earth. We all long for it, and we are constantly glimpsing it: our whole nature at its best and least corrupted, its gentlest and most humane, is still soaked with the sense of ‘exile’.

–J.R.R. Tolkien,
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien