"Silence is at once the most harmless and the most awful thing in all nature. It speaks of the Reserved Forces of Fate. Silence is the only Voice of our God"
- Herman Melville, “Pierre, or the Ambiguities”
"Now, if I were less a strong and haughty woman, the fit would have gone by ere now. But deep volcanoes long burn, ere they burn out. - Oh, that the world were made of such malleable stuff, that we could recklessly do our fieriest heart’s-wish before it, and not falter. Accursed be those four syllables of sound which make up of that vile word Propriety. It is a chain and ball to drag;"
-Herman Melville, “Pierre, or the Ambiguities”