are not, as many young people think, useless verbiage for that which can and should
be said bluntly; they are like secret agents on a delicate mission, they must
airily pass by a stinking mess with barely so much as a nod of the head, make
their point of constructive criticism and continue on in calm forbearance. Euphemisms
are unpleasant truths wearing diplomatic cologne.
Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing, Only a signal shown, and a distant voice in the darkness; So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak one another, Only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence.
Henry Wordsworth Longfellow