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In real life, of course, it is the hare that wins. Every time. Look around you.
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For once a thing is known, it can never be unknown. It can only be forgotten.

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And without understanding, could each properly love the other?

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Literature for me was a magnificent destiny for which I was not yet fully prepared. 76

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As a devil's advocate Mr Neville was faultless. And yet, she knew, there was a flaw in his reasoning, just as there was a flaw in his ability to feel.

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Hartmann had the ideas and Fibich did the worrying: it suited them both perfectly.

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Accountability in friendship is the equivalent of love without strategy.

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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.

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Time misspent in youth is sometimes all the freedom one ever has.

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It is my contention that Aesop was writing for the tortoise market. hares have no time to read.

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The lessons taught in great books are misleading. The commerce in life is rarely so simple and never so just.

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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.

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It will be a pity if women in the more conventional mould are to be phased out, for there will never be anyone to go home to.

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I'm a middle-class, middle-brow novelist. And that's it. It amuses me.

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Hotel Du Lac
Edith, once again anonymous, and accepting her anonymity, made an appropriately inconspicuous exit. And, sitting in the deserted salon, the first to arrive from the dining room, she felt her precarious dignity hard-pressed and about to succumb in the light of her earlier sadness. The pianist, sitting down to play, gave her a brief nod. She nodded back, and thought how limited her means of expression had become: nodding to the pianist or to Mme de Bonneuil, listening to Mrs Pusey, using a disguised voice in the novel she was writing and, with all of this, waiting for a voice that remained silent, hearing very little that meant anything to her at all. The dread implications of this condition made her blink her eyes and vow to be brave, to do better, not to give way. But it was not easy.

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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.

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