... like a woman made frigid, I had to learn response, to trust this possibility for fruition that had not been before.
(Tillie Olsen (b. 1912), U.S. essayist and story writer. Silences, part 1 (1978).
Written in 1962, on trying to compose fiction after many years of being "silenced" by the demands of raising four children, keeping house, and holding a full-time job.)
In short, let it be your maxim through life, to know all you can know, yourself; and never to trust implicitly to the informations of others.
(Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Mar. 16, 1759, Letters Written by the Late Right Honourable Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl, Earl of Chesterfield, to his Son, Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl, Esq, 5th ed., vol. IV, p. 173, London (1774).)