Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Herman Melville (181991)
There is the grand truth about Nathaniel Hawthorne. He says NO! in thunder; but the Devil himself cannot make him say yes. For all men who say yes, lie; and all men who say no,why, they are in the happy condition of judicious, unincumbered travellers in Europe; they cross the frontiers into Eternity with nothing but a carpet-bag,that is to say, the Ego. Whereas those yes-gentry, they travel with heaps of baggage, and, damn them! they will never get through the Custom House.
HERMAN MELVILLE, letter to Nathaniel Hawthorne, April 16, 1851.Melville, Moby-Dick: An Authoritative Text, Reviews and Letters , ed. Harrison Hayford and Hershel Parker, p. 555 (1967).