• Coquetry whets the appetite; flirtation depraves it. Coquetry is the thorn that guards the rose - easily trimmed off when once plucked. Flirtation is like the slime on water-plants, making them hard to handle, and when caught, only to be cherished in slimy waters.

    Donald Grant Mitchell (1852). “Reveries of a bachelor: or, A book of the heart, by Ik. Marvel”, p.78