As a child I was taught that to tell the truth was often painful. As an adult I have learned that not to tell the truth is more painful, and that the fear of telling the truthwhatever the truth may bethat fear is the most painful sensation of a moral life.
(June Jordan (b. 1936), U.S. poet, essayist, and social critic. On Call, ch. 10 (1985).
Written in 1984.)