Finding Beauty in Puncuation

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“I have grown fond of semicolons in recent years. . . . It is almost always a greater pleasure to come across a semicolon than a period.  The period tells you that that is that; if you didn’t get all the meaning you wanted or expected, anyway you got all the writer intended to parcel out and now you have to move along.  But with a semicolon there you get a pleasant little feeling of expectancy; there is more to come; read on; it will get clearer.”     –Lewis Thomas