“Those tears had been with me always.”

“I could feel the tears within me, undiscovered and untouched in their inland sea.  Those tears had been with me always.  I thought that, at birth, American men are allotted just as many tears as American women.  But because we are forbidden to shed them, we die long before women do, with our hearts exploding or our blood pressure rising or our livers eaten away by alcohol because that lake of grief inside us has no outlet.  We, men, die because our faces were not watered enough.” – Pat Conroy, Beach Music

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