Frederick Douglas Map

They carried all the emotional baggage of men who might die. Grief, terror, love, longing--these were intangibles, but the intangibles had their own mass and specific gravity, they had tangible weight. They carried shameful memories. They carried the common secret of cowardice.... Men killed, and died, because they were embarrassed not to.
—From The Things They Carried

The man knew what he wanted and went out and got it! Walked into a jungle and comes out, the age of twenty-one, and he's rich!

After all the highways, and the trains, and the appointments, and the years, you end up worth more dead than alive.

I realized what a ridiculous lie my whole life has been.

I'm gonna show you and everybody else that Willy Loman did not die in vain. He had a good dream. It's the only dream you can have—to come out number-one man. He fought it out here, and this is where I'm gonna win it for him.

—From Death of a Salesman