. . . There are two types of people who have silence as their law: mystics and the absolute lovers of intact details. Those who have really known God and those who have really known reality could not write about it; they not even thought it might be possible to do so, and their names will remain unknown forever. The mystics and metaphysics we have heard of are those who stood on the threshold, and since they did not see, they could tell. . . .
__Giovanni Papini, L'altra metà (1911), 4: Otherness