"It is true from early habit, one must make love mechanically as one swims; I was once very fond of both, but now as I never swim unless I tumble into the water, I don't make love till almost obliged."
"It has been said that the immortality of the soul is a "grand peut-être"Mbut still it is a grand one. Everybody clings to it--the stupidest, and dullest, and wickedest of human bipeds is still persuaded that he is immortal."
"We don't arrive at it by standing on one leg or on the first day of our setting out--but though we may jostle one another on the way that is no reason why we should strike or trample--elbowing's enough."
"I have always laid it down as a maxim--and found it justified by experience--that a man and a woman make far better friendships than can exist between two of the same sex--but then with the condition that they never have made or are to make love to each other."