Satisfying natural desires is fine, but natural desires have a way of being both competitive and consequential.
("Angle of Repose")
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It's easier to die than to move ... at least for the Other Side you don't need trunks.
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.
No life goes past so swiftly as an eventless one, no clock spins like a clock whose days are all alike.
Most things break, including hearts. The lessons of life amount not to wisdom, but to scar tissue and callus.
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I have accordingly considered it, and now appear not only in obedience to your order, but likewise in behalf of the inhabitants of this town, who have presented another petition, and out of regard to the liberties of the subject.
God did not intend the human family to be wafted to heaven on flowery beds of ease.