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A little lie is like a little pregnancy; it doesn't take long before everyone knows.
Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.
Moral rules are directions for running the human machine. Every moral rule is there to prevent a breakdown, or a strain, or a friction, in the running of that machine.
What you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing; it also depends on what sort of person you are.
You ask whether I have ever been in love: fool as I am, I am not such a fool as that. But if one is only to talk from first-hand experience, conversation would be a very poor business. But though I have no personal experience of the things they call love, I have what is better -- the experience of Sappho, of Euripides, of Catallus, of Shakespeare, of Spenser, of Austen, of Bronte, of anyone else I have read.
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