“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.  Modern life would be very tedious if it were either, and modern literature a complete impossibility!”

“More than half of modern culture depends on what we shouldn’t read.”

“The very essence of romance is uncertainty.”

“You see, if one plays good music, people don’t listen, and if one plays bad music, people don’t talk.”

“In any case, she is a monster, without being a myth, which is rather unfair.”

“Relations [family] are simply a tedious pack of people, who haven’t got the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die.”

“All women become like their mothers.  That is their tragedy.  No man does.  That’s his.”

“I keep a diary in order to enter the wonderful secrets of my life.”

“Memory, my dear Cecily, is the diary that we all carry about with us.”

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