Alas! Where love is concerned, self-interested deception is superior to the truth itself, which is why so many men pay so high a price to clever deceivers.
Honore De Balzac
For a father it is hell to be without your children.
Love is a religion, and its rituals cost more than those of other religions. It goes by quickly and, like a street urchin, it likes to mark its passage by a trail of devastation.
Nay, do not cry, papa, she said, kissing him.
I had youth, beauty, two advantages conferred by chance, and of which we are as proud as if they were hard-won.
Every compartment in his brain which he had thought to find so full of wit was bolted fast; he grew positively stupid.