Wisdom. . .is knowing what you have to accept.
("Angle of Repose")
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A teacher enlarges people in all sorts of ways besides just his subject matter.
No life goes past so swiftly as an eventless one, no clock spins like a clock whose days are all alike.
Touch. It is touch that is the deadliest enemy of chastity, loyalty, monogamy, gentility with its codes and conventions and restraints. By touch we are betrayed and betray others ... an accidental brushing of shoulders or touching of hands ... hands laid on shoulders in a gesture of comfort that lies like a thief, that takes, not gives, that wants, not offers, that awakes, not pacifies. When one flesh is waiting, there is electricity in the merest contact.
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.
You can't retire to weakness -- you've got to learn to control strength.
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