Real love is a pilgrimage. It happens when there is no strategy, but it is very rare because most people are strategists.
In real life, it is the hare who wins. Every time. Look around you. And in any case it is my contention that Aesop was writing for the tortoise market. Hares have no time to read. They are too busy winning the game.
The essence of romantic love is that wonderful beginning, after which sadness and impossibility may become the rule.
You never know what you will learn till you start writing. Then you discover truths you never knew existed.
Great writers are the saints for the godless.
Always let them think of you as singing and dancing.
That sun, that light had faded, and she had faded with them. Now she was as grey as the season itself.
Dr Weiss, at forty, knew that her life had been ruined by literature
For once a thing is known, it can never be unknown. It can only be forgotten.
Problems of human behavior still continue to baffle us, but at least in the Library we have them properly filed.
I suppose what one wants really is ideal company and books are ideal company.
Accountability in friendship is the equivalent of love without strategy.
There are moments when you feel free, moments when you have energy, moments when you have hope, but you can't rely on any of these things to see you through. Circumstances do that.
A complete woman is probably not a very admirable creature. She is manipulative, uses other people to get her own way, and works within whatever system she is in.
Time misspent in youth is sometimes all the freedom one ever has.
A man can go from being a lover to being a stranger in three moves flat but a woman under the guise of friendship will engage in acts of duplicity which come to light very much later. There are different species of self-justification.
A man of such obvious and exemplary charm must be a liar.
One loses the capacity to grieve as a child grieves, or to rage as a child rages: hotly, despairingly, with tears of passion. One grows up, one becomes civilized, one learns one's manners, and consequently can no longer manage these two functions - sorrow and anger - adequately.
No blame should attach to telling the truth. But it does, it does.
Writing novels preserves you in a state of innocence - a lot passes you by - simply because your attention is otherwise diverted.
All good fortune is a gift of the gods, and you don't win the favor of the ancient gods by being good, but by being bold.
You can never betray the people who are dead.
And without understanding, could each properly love the other?
You have no idea how promising the world begins to look once you have decided to have it all for yourself. And how much healthier your decisions are once they become entirely selfish.
Satire is dependent on strong beliefs, and on strong beliefs wounded.
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