Michelangelo said to Pope Julius II, "Self negation is noble, self-culture is beneficent, self-possession is manly, but to the truly great and inspiring soul they are poor and tame compared to self-abuse." Mr. Brown, here, in one of his latest and most graceful poems refers to it in an eloquent line which is destined to live to the end of time—"None know it but to love it, None name it but to praise."
Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835–1910), U.S. author. (1879). "Some Thoughts on the Science of Onanism," p. 722, Mark Twain: Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, & Essays, 1852-1890, Library of America (1992).