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... there has been a very special man in my life for the past year. All I'll say about him is that he's kind, warm, mature, someone I can trustand he's not a politician.
(Donna Rice (b. c. 1962), U.S. model and actress. As quoted in People magazine, p. 266 (March 7-14, 1994).
In 1987, Rice had been pursued by the news media and abandoned by her lover, Gary Hart. A married U.S. Senator and candidate for the Democratic Presidential nomination, after public disclosure of their affair.)
Trust me, my dear Eugenius ... "there are worse occupations in this world than feeling a woman's pulse."
(Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy by Mr. Yorick (1768), ch. "The Pulse. Paris." Ed. Gardner D. Stout, Jr., University of California Press (1967).)
To my fancy, one looks back on life, it has only two responsibilities, which include all the others: one is the bringing of new life into existence; the other, educating it after it is brought in. All betrayals of trust result from these original sins.
(Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918), U.S. historian. Letter, July 1, 1892, to Charles Franklin Thwing. Henry B. Adams and His Friends, p. 269, ed. Harold Dean Cater.)
I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you in the face. Don't trust that conventional idea. Dishonesty will stare honesty out of countenance any day in the week, if there is anything to be got by it.
(Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. repr. In All the Year Round (1860). The narrator (Mr. Sampson), in Hunted Down, ch. 2, New York Ledger (1859).)