things one declines to say…

Silence itself-the things one declines to say, or is forbidden to name, the discretion that is required between different speakers- is less the absolute limit of discourse, the other side from which it is separated by a strict boundary, than an element that functions alongside the things said, with them and in relation to them within over-all strategies.

Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality: An Introduction, Volume I, Translated by Robert Hurley, Vintage Books, 1978, p.26

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