An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





A bizarre sensation pervades a relationship of pretense. No truth seems true. A simple morning's greeting and response appear loaded with innuendo and fraught with implications. Each nicety becomes more sterile and each withdrawal more permanent.


Maya Angelou (1928-, African-American poet, writer, performer)

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When once estrangement has arisen between those who truly love each other, everything seems to widen the breach.


Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1837-1915, British novelist, playwright, editor)


I leave before being left. I decide.


Brigitte Bardot (1934-, French actress)


The best way will be to avoid each other without appearing to do so -- or if we jostle, at any rate not to bite.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


It's afterwards you realize that the feeling of happiness you had with a man didn't necessarily prove that you loved him.


Marguerite Duras (1914-1996, French author, filmmaker)


But that intimacy of mutual embarrassment, in which each feels that the other is feeling something, having once existed, its effect is not to be done away with.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


Two separate, distinct personalities, not separate at all but inextricably bound, soul and body and mind, to each other, how did we get so far apart so fast?


Judith Guest


There are few people who are not ashamed of their love affairs when the infatuation is over.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


I was never one to patiently pick up broken fragments and glue them together again and tell myself that the mended whole was as good as new. What is broken is broken -- and I'd rather remember it as it was at its best than mend it and see the broken places as long as I lived.


Margaret Mitchell (1900-1949, American novelist)


I know a love may be revived which absence, inconstancy, or even infidelity has extinguished, but there is no returning from a degout given by satiety.


Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762, British society figure, letter writer)


Falling out of love is chiefly a matter of forgetting how charming someone is.


Iris Murdoch (1919-, British novelist, philosopher)


In a separation it is the one who is not really in loved who says the more tender things.


Marcel Proust (1871-1922, French novelist)


She's gone. I am abused, and my relief must be to loathe her.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


In love, unlike most other passions, the recollection of what you have had and lost is always better than what you can hope for in the future.


Henri B. Stendhal (1783-1842, French writer)


I hate her now with a hatred more fatal than indifference, because it was the other side of love.


August J. Strindberg (1849-1912, Swedish dramatist, novelist, poet)


There is always something ridiculous about the emotions of people whom one has ceased to love.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


When a man has once loved a woman, he will do anything for her, except continue to love her.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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