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Ideas move rapidly when their time comes.


Androgyny suggests a spirit of reconciliation between the sexes.


That's the point of quotations, you know: one can use another's words to be insulting.


Is there any vanity greater than the vanity of those who believe themselves without it?


Life has this in common with prizefighting: if you've received a belly blow, it's likely to be followed by a right to the jaw.


The married are those who have taken the terrible risk of intimacy and, haven taken it, know life without intimacy to be impossible.
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As the years go on a sense of deep patience comes over one; one seems to know the virtue of ripeness, and the danger of rushing events.


Thinking about profound social change, conservatives always expect disaster, while revolutionaries confidently anticipate utopia. Both are wrong.

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Quoting, like a dirty habit to which I am devoted.  But then...I am a professor of English literature; it is an occupational hazard.


Professors of literature collect books the way a ship collects barnacles, without seeming effort.  A literary academic can no more pass a bookstore than an alcoholic can pass a bar.


Once you are thought selfish, not only are you forgiven a life designed mainly to suit yourself, which in anyone else would appear monstrous, but if an impulse to generosity should by chance overpower you, you will get five times the credit of some poor selfless soul who has been oozing kindness for years.