Paul Laurence Dunbar on the Mask

“We wear the masks that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,–
This debt we pay to human guile…

But let the world dream otherwise,
We wear the mask!”

Paul Laurence Dunbar

“We Wear the Mask” 1. I, 14 (1895)

Excerpted from: Shapiro, Fred, ed. The Yale Book of Quotations. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006.

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