I know no way of discounting the doctrine that when you take something you want, and damn the consequences, then you had better be ready to accept whatever consequences ensue.
("Angle of Repose")
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Towns are like people. Old ones often have character, the new ones are interchangeable.
There is one thing above all others that I despise. It is fingers, especially female fingers, messing around in my guts. My guts, like Victorian marriage, are private.
Home is a notion that only nations of the homeless fully appreciate and only the uprooted comprehend.
She saw objectives, not obstacles.
You married me...but you didn't marry what you could make out of me.
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P. J. ORourke
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