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She found her dislike of Mutz, which up till then she had denied, or at least tried to pretend wasn’t there, taking on a shape and a name: Order. Too great a concern that things should be in one place rather than another. Too wonderful a passion for categories and analysis. Even when he told her he loved her, tra-la-la, it was neither love nor even a desire he couldn’t control to put it inside her. It was a love that measured, stood back with its hand on its hips and shook its head, marveled, and went off to write it up for a thick journal.

- James Meek, The People’s Act of Love
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But that is one great difference between us. Compliments always take you by surprise and me never. What could be more natural than his asking you again? He could not help seeing that you were about five times as pretty as any other woman in the room. No thanks to his gallantry for that. Well, he certainly is very agreeable, and I give you leave to like him. You have liked many a stupider person.

- Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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"I'll tell you," said Aesop. "But I must object when you use love as a banner under which you march. Love is a quieter thing. It lives in deeds, not words."

- Erica Jong, Sappho's Leap

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