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  1. Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.
  2. Life will not break your heart. It'll crush it.
  3. No such thing as spare time, no such thing as free time, no such thing as down time. All you got is life time. Go.
  4. I am an optimist because I want to change things for the better and I know that blood has to be spilled and disharmony and cruelty are necessary to do that.
  5. I have found the Iron to be my greatest friend. It never freaks out on me, never runs. Friends may come and go. But two hundred pounds is always two hundred pounds
  6. I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone.
  7. It's sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew.
  8. Strength is the product of struggle, you must do what others don't to achieve what others won't.
  9. There’s one thing about Black Sabbath which should not be understated: If Black Sabbath is missing any one of its members it’s no longer Black Sabbath.
  10. We all learn lessons in life. Some stick, some don't. I have always learned more from rejection and failure than from acceptance and success.

Henry Rollins Image Quotes

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 quote You need a little bit of insanity to do great things.
You need a little bit of insanity to do great things.
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It's sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew. — Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins Short Quotes

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  • Now, if someone wants to spit on me, I just roll up the window of my BMW 540i.
  • Pizza makes me think that anything is possible.
  • My optimism wears heavy boots and is loud.
  • Knowledge without mileage equals bullshit.
  • Sometimes the truth hurts. And sometimes it feels real good.
  • I am an employment hyena. I am happy to make a meal of what the lions leave behind.
  • Keep your blood clean, your body lean, and your mind sharp.
  • Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realize the strength, move on.
  • I prefer to work out alone. It enables me to concentrate on the lessons that the Iron has for me.
  • The Iron is the best antidepressant I have ever found.
 quote Strength is the product of struggle, you must do what others don't to achieve wh
Strength is the product of struggle, you must do what others don't to achieve what other won't.

Henry Rollins Quotes On Life

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I don't want to pass through life like a smooth plane ride. — Henry Rollins

So I'm more at home with my backpack, sleeping in a hotel room or on a bus or on an airplane, than I am necessarily on a bed. It's weird being here. It feels like I'm standing next to my real life. — Henry Rollins

I've made some great mistakes in my life, but, you know, they were honest mistakes. — Henry Rollins

 quote No such thing as spare time, no such thing as free time, no such thing as down t
No such thing as spare time, no such thing as free time, no such thing as down time. All you got is life time. Go.

Life is death in slow motion. — Henry Rollins

The first several years of my life were used to upload incredible amounts of fear, and I just became afraid of everything. I was afraid of my parents, afraid of my classmates, afraid of the streets of Washington, D.C. I would flinch at every gesture. — Henry Rollins

But I have a good life. I enjoy what I do. I am married to work. — Henry Rollins

The month of November makes me feel that life is passing more quickly. In an effort to slow it down, I try to fill the hours more meaningfully. — Henry Rollins

Half of life is up - the other half is dealing with it. — Henry Rollins

When life hands you a lemon, say, "Oh yeah, I like lemons. What else ya got?" — Henry Rollins

I believe in North, South, East, West, The seasons, life and death, geography. That which is provable, absolute and most of all, functional. I believe in things that can kill me. — Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins Quotes On Love

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Everyone who knows me knows that I'm a hopeless romantic who listens to love ballads and doo-wop songs all the time. — Henry Rollins

I will never say the things that I want to say to you. I know the damage it would do. I love you more than I hate my loneliness and pain. — Henry Rollins

I could fall in love with a cruel desert that kills without passion, a canyon full of scorpions, one thousand blinding arctic storms, a century sealed in a cave, a river of molten salt flowing down my throat. But never with you. — Henry Rollins

Love heals scars love left — Henry Rollins

Don't do anything by half. If you love someone, love them with all your soul. — Henry Rollins

I love capitalism. It rewards me for being brave - it awards me for being innovative and thinking out of the box. — Henry Rollins

The blues is losing someone you love and not having enough money to immerse yourself in drink. — Henry Rollins

It's difficult for me to be around anyone for longer than an hour. Love, death, elation, sorrow, I just don't care all that much about any of it. I am at this point, more of an observer/journalist. — Henry Rollins

Is it a shame that I can’t accept love? Am I too burned out to move towards what will keep me alive or too smart to get pulled into someone else’s world? — Henry Rollins

Don't do anything by half. If you love someone, love them with all your soul. When you go to work, work your ass off. When you hate someone, hate them until it hurts. — Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins Quotes On Time

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I'll never forget how the depression and loneliness felt good and bad at the same time. Still does. — Henry Rollins

In the worst of times the best among us never lose their moral compass, and that is how they emerge relatively unscathed. — Henry Rollins

How memories lie to us. How time coats the ordinary with gold. How it breaks the heart to go back and attempt to re-live them. How crushed we are when we discover that the gold was merely gold-plating thinly coated over lead, chalk and peeling paint. — Henry Rollins

I definitely learned a lesson this time. I know that I can be broken. I am not as tough as I thought. I see it now. At this point, it's the only thing good that came out of all of this. I know myself better now and know what I have to do. — Henry Rollins

Sitting in a room, alone, listening to a CD is to be lonely. Sitting in a room alone with an LP crackling away, or sitting next to the turntable listening to a song at a time via 7-inch single is enjoying the sublime state of solitude. — Henry Rollins

In many ways, America is on the receiving end of a pendulum that has been swung with great force, and for a long time, outward into the world. The impact is a wake-up call on every level. — Henry Rollins

I want to meet a woman that will make me stop and listen to what she has to say. I want a woman who will make my jaw drop in awe. A woman that has little time for me. One who does not throw herself at me. One who respects herself who has a sense of herself. Where is she — Henry Rollins

I am a pretty crazy person, so it's best for me to be on my own most of the time. — Henry Rollins

I have come to the conclusion that it's a waste of time to have too much pride in anything. Perhaps it's good to have a sense of duty, a jealous zeal to protect or improve, but pride ultimately is only that which stands vulnerable to offense and degradation. — Henry Rollins

There's tons of junk food for your mind on the Internet. You can sit there for three or 10 or 20 hours a day getting in online arguments with other people who also choose to waste their time. — Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins Quotes On Intense

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Every year, August lashes out in volcanic fury, rising with the din of morning traffic, its great metallic wings smashing against the ground, heating the air with ever-increasing intensity. — Henry Rollins

As a teen, I heard the second Velvet Underground album, 'White Light/White Heat,' and it was too much for my limited scope of appreciation. It was intense, but I didn't get it. — Henry Rollins

For me the music is not so much anger as much as it is of passion. And I've always associated that kind of intense emotional output with music just because the nature of the music that's attracted me as far as live. — Henry Rollins

Death metal uses a lot of white face paint and black hair dye to make its point. I quite enjoy this genre for its intensity, extremism and underlying irony: You have to be alive to play it and listen to it. — Henry Rollins

As the middle class is predated upon with an ever greater malicious intensity, their children stand to lose more and harder than their parents ever did. — Henry Rollins

I get angry about stuff, I get very emotionally intense about stuff and that's how I get it out - with books, with the band, on my own onstage, but it's always kind of a wail. — Henry Rollins

When I write lyrics, it's only when I'm angry or hurt or sad. So lyrically it's never really easy going. And the music is always really intense. — Henry Rollins

My first visit to West Berlin was in February 1983. The drive through East Berlin, the fact that West Berlin was surrounded by a wall that was more than 100 miles long - the absurdity and intensity of it really knocked me out. — Henry Rollins

The most interesting place by far was Afghanistan. Just because it is a place that I cannot see myself living. The hardness of the people and the history of the country is just so completely intense. — Henry Rollins

The lowest stress environment is the radio show. I am not on camera and I can let the music do the talking. The rest is more highly pressurized or in the case of writing, time intensive task. I say yes to all of it and like all of it but the radio show, by nature of what it is, is the least hassle. — Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins Quotes On Thoughtful

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Here in this moment we are beautiful, nocturnal creatures and our thoughts and words are jewels guarded by the moon. — Henry Rollins

I believe that when the body is strong, the mind thinks strong thoughts. — Henry Rollins

Through the years, I have combined meditation, action, and the Iron into a single strength. I believe that when the body is strong, the mind thinks strong thoughts. Time spent away from the Iron makes my mind degenerate. I wallow in a thick depression. My body shuts down my mind. — Henry Rollins

I never thought about getting any tattoos removed. — Henry Rollins

I've never killed anybody... but I've definitely thought about it. But that's how we are. That's what happens when you put people together and put them into societies and cultures and have laws and the idea of justice. — Henry Rollins

I have to keep moving I don't want to think I'm going to work all day today I don't want to stop Don't want to let my brain catch up my thoughts How will I be able to tell them that I'm a shadow A grey patch of cold rotting life — Henry Rollins

I have always thought that change you can see and feel is best. — Henry Rollins

I thought I was gonna be in the minimum-wage working world all my life. — Henry Rollins

If I had to live my life in anticipation of what others thought of me, little would get done. — Henry Rollins

A text conversation is a short exchange of often grossly truncated language that corresponds to a thought made all the more shallow by the process. — Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins Quotes On People

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Yes, I guess you could say I am a loner, but I feel more lonely in a crowed room with boring people than I feel on my own. — Henry Rollins

I know I was a generic dysfunctional child, but I think a lot of people are. — Henry Rollins

I'm most in my element on tour, with a gig that day, like today. I'm on the road where I am supposed to be. I will be where I'm supposed to be at nighttime, on stage, in front of people, doing my thing. — Henry Rollins

Each year, every city in the world that can should have a multiday festival. More people meeting each other, digging new types of music, new foods, new ideas. You want to stop having so many wars? This could be a step in the right direction. — Henry Rollins

I am primarily a loner. I don't go to clubs. I don't hang out with people. I don't know many people. It's just the way it ended up. It's not a sob story; it's fine for me. — Henry Rollins

I'd rather work on my radio show, which no one hears but I put about eight hours of programming and writing into it for those 30 people who do tune in. — Henry Rollins

I once asked Ozzy Osbourne, truly one of my favorite people in the world, if he was cool with singing Black Sabbath songs year after year, whether he was performing with Black Sabbath or out on a solo tour. He said it was great. — Henry Rollins

You have to realize there are other people, other economies, governments, cultures, religions, and destinies going on at the same time as yours. You have to widen the scope of your lens and start seeing more. — Henry Rollins

I like it better that people aren't throwing stuff at my face and trying to fight me on stage. Like in the '80s, it was just aggravating all the time... I have scars from cigars and cigarettes on me, Bic pens, burns from cigarette lighters, all that. — Henry Rollins

The perpetrators of the actual bad stuff that does real and lasting harm to people, like leakage of industrial chemicals into water systems, seem to get not so much as a second glance; the bloviation from media pundits and think tanks creates false problems that waste time and energy debunking. — Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins Quotes On Music

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The scarcity of the music not only makes the music itself enjoyable but it also gives the collector a strange sense of superiority. — Henry Rollins

Jazz music is as American as it gets, and so is the U.S. Postal Service. A Miles Davis stamp is a perfect marriage of two great American institutions. — Henry Rollins

It took me until my teenage years to realize that I was medicating with music. I was pushing back against my stupid school uniform, instructors who called me by my last name and my classmates, who, while friendly enough, were not at all inspiring. — Henry Rollins

As so much music is listened to via MP3 download, many will never experience the joy of analog playback, and for them, I feel sorry. They are missing out. — Henry Rollins

I feel close to people like Jimi Hendrix because I connect with his music. Not the man but what he did. — Henry Rollins

Without the blues, modern music would be nothing like it is now - not remotely. — Henry Rollins

Ramones music has a Pavlovian effect on me - the song starts, and the world blurs around the sound. — Henry Rollins

One person's roar is another's whine, just as one person's music is another's unendurable noise. — Henry Rollins

I listen to blues music a lot and that's a good person feeling bad and celebrating that pain by releasing it in that kind of joyous fashion. — Henry Rollins

Music files and downloading have indeed changed the currency of music to a great degree. — Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins Quotes On World

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In my world there would be as many public libraries as there are Starbucks. — Henry Rollins

The Internet, the camera cellphone and the like have not only sped up the world's information uptake, but they have cheapened that which they capture. — Henry Rollins

For me, Memphis has always been a city that holds a great deal of meaning and also leads me to a lot of thinking. Besides Sun Studio, which helped put rock n' roll on the map all over the world, the legendary Stax Studio also called Memphis home. — Henry Rollins

There is no place in the world like Australia. Not even its beautiful neighbor New Zealand. — Henry Rollins

Horror jolts me when I look at one of you and see a pair of beautiful eyes that make me think your mind might contain a world that could hold me as the bolts shake loose and fly from my frame. — Henry Rollins

Please don't think that I am one of those squishy types who can't handle reality. I have plenty of real-world things to deal with all the time. I have deadlines, meetings, I answer the phone, I get turned down, I wait in lines and am forced to pass for normal all the time. — Henry Rollins

If I lose the light of the sun, I will write by candlelight, moonlight, no light, If I lose paper and ink, I will write in blood on forgotten walls. I will write always. I will capture nights all over the world and bring them to you. — Henry Rollins

One of the most prevalent and undermentioned genres of music is what is known as noise. You can find it all over the world happening in basements, small venues and even some festivals. Often blown off or belittled by critics, the form for the most part goes unheard and unnoticed. — Henry Rollins

In my bright, utopian future world, they will hand out college educations like cups of water at the end of the L.A. Marathon. — Henry Rollins

When you're kept out of the adult world, it's a blessing in disguise. — Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins Quotes On Person

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You always know the mark of a coward. A coward hides behind freedom. A brave person stands in front of freedom and defends it for others. — Henry Rollins

If you hate your parents, the man or the establishment, don't show them up by getting wasted and wrapping your car around a tree. If you really want to rebel against your parents, out-learn them, outlive them, and know more than they do. — Henry Rollins

I can only write about personal stuff, about my point of view. — Henry Rollins

I think about the meaning of pain. Pain is personal. It really belongs to the one feeling it. Probably the only thing that is your own. I like mine. — Henry Rollins

Somewhere someone is thinking of you. Someone is calling you an angel. This person is using celestial colors to paint your image. Someone is making you into a vision so beautiful that it can only live in the mind. — Henry Rollins

Gay people don't have a personality problem. They have a problem with small-minded motherfuckers who can't conquer a 1-inch high curb. — Henry Rollins

Whenever I write lyrics, in the back of my mind I always see a guy driving to work, driving to a really bad job, one of those horrible institutions, or one of those low squat buildings in Los Angeles. I write with that person in my mind. — Henry Rollins

I was a very repressed young person. I wasn't good at school. I didn't fit in. — Henry Rollins

Hope is the last thing a person does before they are defeated. — Henry Rollins

Michele Bachmann is always a great person to go to for an opinion about anything. She has a very active and interesting mind. — Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins Famous Quotes And Sayings

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It's sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew. — Henry Rollins

Most poets are elitist dregs more concerned with proving their skill with a dictionary than communicating ideas with impact. — Henry Rollins

Weakness is what brings ignorance, cheapness, racism, homophobia, desperation, cruelty, brutality, all these things that will keep a society chained to the ground, one foot nailed to the floor. — Henry Rollins

I am a veteran of the War on Christmas. I am just emerging from a battlefield strewn with dead trees and torn shreds of brightly colored wrapping paper. — Henry Rollins

Youths write me and tell me that their band will go nowhere because of all the bad bands in the world. I tell them there has always been awful music and that no great band ever wasted any time complaining, they just got it done. Their ropey ranting is just a way to get out of the hard work of making music that will do some lasting damage. — Henry Rollins

Disappointment always arrives before hope and the darkness of night comes before the dawn. Don't lose hope now because things will brighter with the new day. — Henry Rollins

I want a soul mate who can sit me down, shut me up, tell me ten things I don't already know, and make me laugh. I don't care what you look like, just turn me on. — Henry Rollins

Want a good body? Work at it. Want to be a success? Work at it. Want to be truly exceptional? Be a touch insane... You need a little bit of insanity to do great things. — Henry Rollins

They say true love only comes around once and you have to hold out and be strong until then. I have been waiting. I have been searching. I am a man under the moon, walking the streets of earth until dawn. There's got to be someone for me. It's not too much to ask. Just someone to be with. Someone to love. Someone to give everything to. Someone. — Henry Rollins

There is no better way to fight weakness than with strength. Once the mind and body have been awakened to their true potential, it's impossible to turn back. — Henry Rollins

Best not to mix the past with the present. The present paints the past with gold. The past paints the present with lead. — Henry Rollins

If you have an idea of what you want to do in your future, you must go at it with almost monastic obsession. [...] You have to go at it single-mindedly and let nothing get in your way. — Henry Rollins

I'm mellower now, I'm over 50. But I don't think I'm too mellow. I'm still angry at a lot of things. — Henry Rollins

You are the untold story. You are the impassioned truth wanting to scream its existence, to be forever trapped by a strong hand clapped firmly over the mouth of my soul. — Henry Rollins

I don't believe in fate or destiny. I believe in various degrees of hatred, paranoia, and abandonment. However much of that gets heaped upon you doesn't matter - it's only a matter of how much you can take and what it does to you. — Henry Rollins

I always took quite seriously the things that Chuck D. of Public Enemy had to say. He's always been someone I've learned quite a bit from and someone I pay a great deal of attention to. — Henry Rollins

I slept in Uday Hussein's bed - that was just so strange. Went to Saddam's palace, was in a mortar attack - crazy stuff. And like three days later you're back in traffic on Sunset Boulevard. It's all kind of behind you, which is kind of perfect for a guy like me because I can take that and turn it into quite the tale. — Henry Rollins

We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer's wreckage. We will welcome summer's ghost. — Henry Rollins

Girls aren't beautiful, they're pretty. Beautiful is too heavy a word to assign to a girl. Women are beautiful because their faces show that they know they have lost something and picked up something else. — Henry Rollins

The prison-industrial complex and the military-industrial complex are here with us and are multi-billion dollar enterprises. We can make more money off the kid in Compton if he's a criminal instead of a scholar. It's business. — Henry Rollins

If I had to perform in a comedy club I would bomb; I would be trying too hard. — Henry Rollins

There are things that happen so quickly. A better cameraman can capture them, but if the light is not bright and you hoist up your camera by the time you've dialed in your settings. There are eye blink moments where you're like "Aaahhhh, I wish," but those are too many to catalogue. Nothing really sticks out. — Henry Rollins

The average is the borderline that keeps mere men in their place. Those who step over the line are heroes by the very act. Go. — Henry Rollins

Some soldier will say, 'You know, sir, you and I have some political disagreements, but I'm glad you came all the way out here.' And you know, you say, 'Well, maybe one day you'll see the light but I'm glad to be out here with you.' — Henry Rollins

A great way to learn about your country is to leave it. — Henry Rollins

My unconditional sure thing is that I don't have one. — Henry Rollins

I think it's fantastic when the young enrage their elders. I really do believe that if it's too loud, you are indeed too old, and that if it has been standing for too long, it needs a thorough inspection. — Henry Rollins

She touches me The jungle lights up with incinerating fire Looks like a flaming serpent I look into her eyes I see a movie flickering Car crashes People kicking corpses Men ripping their tracheas out and shaking them at the sky I think to myself: I don’t want to survive this one I want to burn up in the wreckage Cooking flesh in the jungle — Henry Rollins

When the Iron doesn't want to come off the mat, it's the kindest thing it can do for you. If it flew up and went through the ceiling, it wouldn't teach you anything. — Henry Rollins

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was vigorously and vociferously opposed by the Southern states. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed it into law nonetheless. — Henry Rollins

When she comes She pulls you close She breathes in short bursts Her eyes close Her head tilts back Her mouth opens slightly Her thighs turn to steel, and then melt She is perfect And you feel like you are everything. — Henry Rollins

I contribute a large amount of money to the Southern Poverty Law Center, so I'm on their mailing list for all their Klan Watch newsletters. I'm very well aware of White Power movements in America. — Henry Rollins

The talking shows are like free jazz. I'm just gonna go out there and blow with the idea of keeping it streamlined and not wasting time. It's wild. And it's a great thing when you see a performer really able to. — Henry Rollins

The only thing about sanctions is that, like a lot of drone strikes, there are countless unintended victims. Cutting off aid to Uganda only increases the pain there. — Henry Rollins

When Black Flag and DOA and all those bands were touring in the early 80s, it was kind of a forest and you just kind of got your way through it. Now it's like a six lane highway with Starbucks every twenty meters. That's just civilization. — Henry Rollins

If you listen to 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,' by Gil Scott-Heron, that album is dripping with rage. — Henry Rollins

I have not the smarts or patience for political office. — Henry Rollins

I do a lot of walking around in game parks, rain forests, places like that, but it's not like I'm camping in them as much as my day walks. I've done that all over the world, not like with a backpack on my back living out in the woods for several days. When I travel abroad, it's more the city that captures my interest. — Henry Rollins

What goes best with a cup of coffee? Another cup. — Henry Rollins

There're some places that are more difficult or dangerous to navigate and I wouldn't look forward to going back. Like I'd much rather go back to Afghanistan - which fascinates me - quicker than I'd go back to spend a week walking around Nairobi, Kenya, which is a great and easy way to get yourself killed. — Henry Rollins

I’m packed with broken glass and memories and it all hurts. — Henry Rollins

I want you bad like a natural disaster. You are all I see. You are the only one I want to know. — Henry Rollins

I don't want to go with the smooth skin and the calm brow. I hope I end up a blithering idiot cursing the sun - hallucinating, screaming, giving obscene and inane lectures on street corners and public parks. — Henry Rollins

I don't mind The Boss. I think he's an honest guy. I have some of his records, not all of them. I've met a couple of the E-Street guys, and they seem really cool. — Henry Rollins

I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. — Henry Rollins

Literally thousands of lawsuits have been filed against the NFL by retired players, many of whom say that information on brain injury in football was withheld from them. — Henry Rollins

I can't remember that I ever had just a minute of stage fright. — Henry Rollins

I wouldn't want to roll the dice on Kabul by myself, because I really think getting killed is definitely a possibility there. A very good possibility. — Henry Rollins

I have come to regard November as the older, harder man's October. I appreciate the early darkness and cooler temperatures. It puts my mind in a different place than October. It is a month for a quieter, slightly more subdued celebration of summer's death as winter tightens its grip. — Henry Rollins

The streets lie, the sidewalks lie, everything lies You can try and read it but you're gonna get it wrong...all wrong The summer evenings burn and melt and the nights glitter but you're gonna get it wrong And it's gonna sink its teeth into your flesh and pull you to the bottom. — Henry Rollins

Life Lessons by Henry Rollins

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  1. Henry Rollins has taught us to never give up on our dreams and to always strive for our goals. He has also taught us to be resilient in the face of adversity and to never let anyone else define our success. Lastly, he has taught us to be passionate about the things we care about and to never be afraid to express our opinions.

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