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QUOTES AND APHORISMS ON INTIMACY
What people don't realize is that intimacy has its conventions as well as ordinary social intercourse. There are three cardinal rules -- don't take somebody else's boyfriend unless you've been specifically invited to do so, don't take a drink without being asked, and keep a scrupulous accounting in financial matters.
W. H. Auden (1907-1973, Anglo-American poet)
Intimacies between women go backwards, beginning with revelations and ending up in small talk without loss of esteem.
Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973, Anglo-Irish novelist)
If ever a man and his wife, or a man and his mistress, who pass nights as well as days together, absolutely lay aside all good breeding, their intimacy will soon degenerate into a coarse familiarity, infallibly productive of contempt or disgust.
Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773, British statesman, author)
To really know someone is to have loved and hated him in turn.
The many faces of intimacy: the Victorians could experience it through correspondence, but not through cohabitation; contemporary men and women can experience it through fornication, but not through friendship.
Thomas Szasz (1920-, American psychiatrist)
If one could be friendly with women, what a pleasure -- the relationship so secret and private compared with relations with men. Why not write about it truthfully?
Virginia Woolf (1882-1941, British novelist, essayist)
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