• It's not just the embarrassment of tears. That's part of it, no doubt, but what embarrasses me much more, and always will, is the paralysis that took my heart. A moral freeze: I couldn't decide, I couldn't act, I couldn't comport myself with even a pretense of modest human dignity.

    Tim O'Brien (2009). “The Things They Carried”, p.54, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt