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“‘My Lady, what can I say? I have certainly never seen any noble man that loved a woman for a long time, who was not finally held to be dishonoured.”

– Le Mort de Roi Artu, pg. 77

“Your lovers have found you like a brazier that smoulders in the cold, a backdoor which keeps out neither squall of wind nor storm, a castle which crushes the garrison, pitch that blackens the bearer, a water-skin that chafes the carrier, a stone which falls from the parapet, a battering-ram turned back from the enemy, a sandal that trips the wearer.  Which of your lovers did you ever love forever?

– The Epic of Gilgamesh, pg. 85

“It was during those days that I first began to feel fissures opening in my soul, wounds of the sort that plunge some men into a deep, dark, lifelong loneliness for which there is no cure.”

– Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence, pg. 52

“It’s important, no doubt, to understand the person we love.  If we cannot manage this, it’s necessary, at least, to believe we understand them.”

– Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence, pg. 349

“Unfortunately, truth is hardly ever amusing.”

– Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov, pg. 253