Death unites as well as separates; it silences all paltry feeling.
(Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. Narrator, in Letters of Two Brides (Mémoires de Deux Jeunes Mariées), in La Presse (1841-1842), Souverain (1842), included in the Scènes de la Vie Privée in the Comédie humaine (1845, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971).)
Be a listener only, keep within yourself, and endeavor to establish with yourself the habit of silence, especially in politics.
(Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, November 24, 1808, to his grandson, Thomas Jefferson Randolph. The Family Letters of Thomas Jefferson, p. 364, eds. E.M. Betts and J.A. Bear, Jr. (1966).)