Like many rich men, he thought in anecdotes; like many simple women, she thought in terms of biography.

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The essence of romantic love is that wonderful beginning, after which sadness and impossibility may become the rule.

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Real love is a pilgrimage. It happens when there is no strategy, but it is very rare because most people are strategists.

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I was brought up among the sort of self-important women who had a husband as one has an alibi

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Romanticism is not just a mode; it literally eats into every life. Women will never get rid of just waiting for the right man.

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