Herman Melville: “Passion in Its Profoundest”

Photographers Unknown, Images from the Black and White Collection

“Passion, and passion in its profoundest, is not a thing demanding a palatial stage whereon to play its part. Down among the groundlings, among the beggars and rakers of the garbage, profound passion is enacted. And the circumstances that provoke it, however trivial or mean, are no measure of its power.”
― Herman Melville, Billy Budd

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