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October 31, 2019 (Halloween)

Silence is the soul’s invisibility. We can, of course, conceal ourselves behind lies and sophistries, but when we speak, we are present, however careful our disguise. The monster we choose to be on Halloween says something about the monster we are. I have often gone to masquerades as myself, and in that guise no one knew I was there.

—William H. Gass
  American writer and teacher (1924-2017)

Source: "Learning to Talk" (commencement speech at Washington University
St. Louis, Missouri June 4, 1979)

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