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Imagination is a monarchy;
They cannot rule where they cannot decree.
Just think of Solzhenitzyn underground,
His manuscripts in danger, not his mind.
Trust not in princes is for poets too;
To order what’s within is up to you.
They’ll never rule where they cannot decree—
Imagination is a monarchy.

—Timothy E. G. Bartel