The cliche of whites being ignorant of blacks was not only true, but
understandable.Oh, but we knew them with the intimacy
of a surgeon's scalpel. Maya originally MayaJohnson Angelou The Heart of a Woman, ch.12.
It is not time or opportunity that is to determine intimacy; it is
disposition alone. Seven years would be insufficient to
make some people acquainted with each other, and seven
days are more than enough for others. Jane Austen Sense and Sensibility, vol.2, ch.12.
You are ordered abroad as a soldier of the King to help our French comrades
against the invasion of a common enemy In this new
experience you may find temptations both in
wine and women.You must entirely resist both temptations,
and while treating all women with perfect
courtesy, you should avoid any intimacy.Do your duty bravely.
Fear God. Honour the King. 1st Earl Herbert Message to the soldiers of the British
Expeditionary Force, reported in The
have sat by night beside a cold lake And touched things
smoother than moonlight on still water, But the moon on
this cloud sea is not human, And here is no
shore, no intimacy, Only the start of
space, the road to suns. F(rancis) R(eginald) Scott 'Trans Canada'.