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Ordinary language is all right.

One could divide humanity into two classes:
those who master a metaphor, and those who hold by a formula.
Those with a bent for both are too few, they do not comprise a class.

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28 Oct '12 09:50:01 PM

If you're guilty, you're meant to pay; if you're ashamed, you're already paying—or overpaying.

28 Oct '12 09:48:01 PM

Those to whom one confesses and those to whom one apologizes.

28 Oct '12 09:40:17 PM

We confess guilt to those we have wronged; and to others who may hardly know us. (This is one way confession can be hard; as if we are introducing ourselves as bad people.)

To confess shame we may need those who know us best; we need not have wronged them, nor even to have done anything they would fault us for.

28 Oct '12 09:31:10 PM

What's between us is sometimes what we let pass; and sometimes what we refuse to let pass, if only between us.

28 Oct '12 09:19:05 PM

The world can make you keep something secret, but not something private.

28 Oct '12 09:07:57 PM

So if you need secrecy to be yourself, does that mean you're a bad person? Not necessarily; it could just be that others have made you feel like one.

28 Oct '12 09:06:01 PM

You can be yourself in private; but not in secret.

28 Oct '12 09:00:42 PM

Anyone who says glibly, 'just don't have anything to hide!', acts as if it makes no difference to be made to treat your privacies like secrets.

28 Oct '12 08:57:03 PM

Secrets are kept deliberately; so preserving anything private as such can seem like keeping a secret.