... 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.)
Trust me, my dear Eugenius ... "there are worse occupations in this world than feeling a woman's pulse."
(Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy by Mr. Yorick (1768), ch. "The Pulse. Paris." Ed. Gardner D. Stout, Jr., University of California Press (1967).)
The chief internal enemies of any state are those public officials who betray the trust imposed upon them by the people.
(Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), U.S. screenwriter, and Stuart Heisler. Mr. Chief Justice John Marshall (Brandon Hurst), The Remarkable Andrew, rebuking Andrew for not blowing the whistle on corrupt city officials earlier (1941).)