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What are we doing to each other? Because I know that I am doing to him exactly what he is doing to me. We are sometimes so happy, and never in our lives have we known more unhappiness.
Insecurity is the worst sense that lovers feel: sometimes the most humdrum desireless marriage seems better. Insecurity twists meanings and poisons trust.
Why do we have this desire to tease the innocent? Is it envy?
I can never think of you as a friend. You can do without a friend.
But if love had to die, I wanted it to die quickly. It was as though our love were a small creature caught in a trap and bleeding to death: I had to shut my eyes and wring its neck.
-"-A book takes me a year to write. It's too hard work for a revenge."-"If you knew how little you had to revenge...".
What have we all got to expect that we allow ourselves to be so lined with disappointment?
Married people grow like each other.
It's a strange thing to discover and to believe that you are loved when you know that there is nothing in you for anybody but a parent or a God to love.
As long as one suffers one lives.
I refused to believe that love could take any other form than mine: I measured love by the extent of my jealousy, and by that standard of course she could not love me at all.
... and then beginning to go back to what you can't even remember.
Eternity is said not to be an extension of time but an absence of time.
A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.
I hate you, God. I hate you as though you actually exist.
There are times when a lover longs to be also a father and a brother: he is jealous of the years he hasn't shared.