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"Je est un autre" (English: I is another) is a famous dictum by Arthur Rimbaud[1], first mentioned in a letter to Georges Izambard, dated May 13, 1871.

The whole passage reads:

"Je est un autre. Tant pis pour le bois qui se trouve violon, et Nargue aux inconscients, qui ergotent sur ce qu’ils ignorent tout à fait!"

Translated into English:

"I is another. Too bad for the wood which finds itself a violin, and brush off the oblivious, who quibble over things they know nothing about!"

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