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The Trouble Of Women To Men (And Vice Versa): Sir John Vanbrugh

When once a woman has given you her heart, you can never get rid of the rest of her body. Sir John Vanbrugh The Relapse The image, via Wikimedia, is of ‘The Kiss’ in The Relapse by William Powell Frith … Continue reading

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Feminine Beauty: Jonathan Swift

You have but a very few years to be young and handsome in the eyes of the world, and as few months to be so in the eyes of a husband, who is not a fool. Jonathan Swift Letter to … Continue reading

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Theory: Dorothy Parker

Into love, and out again, Thus I went, and thus I go. Spare your voice, and hold your pen— Well and bitterly I know All the songs were ever sung, All the words were ever said; Could it be, when … Continue reading

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Love Isn’t What It Used To Be: Paddy Roberts

Love isn’t what it used to be, No sirree, no sirree: No shrinking violets too scared to say yes, No leading up to a gentle caress, Just grab a handful and damn the finesse. Love isn’t what it used to … Continue reading

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Unrequited Love: William Wordsworth

There is a change—and I am poor; Your love hath been, nor long ago, A fountain at my fond heart’s door, Whose only business was to flow; And flow it did; not taking heed Of its own bounty, or my … Continue reading

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Prophetic Soul: Dorothy Parker

Because your eyes are slant and slow, Because your hair is sweet to touch, My heart is high again; but oh, I doubt if this will get me much. Dorothy Parker Prophetic Soul

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Experience: Dorothy Parker

Some men break your heart in two, Some men fawn and flatter, Some men never look at you; And that clears up the matter. Dorothy Parker Experience The image is copyright: BestPhotoStudio via Shutterstock

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Dilemma: Dorothy Parker

If I were mild, and I were sweet, And laid my heart before your feet, And took my dearest thoughts to you, And hailed your easy lies as true; Were I to murmur “Yes,” and then “How true, my dear,” … Continue reading

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Nocturne: Dorothy Parker

Always I knew that it could not last (Gathering clouds, and the snowflakes flying), Now it is part of the golden past (Darkening skies, and the night-wind sighing); It is but cowardice to pretend. Cover with ashes our love’s cold … Continue reading

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Non Sum Qualis Eram Bonae Sub Regno Cynarae: Ernest Dowson

Last night, ah, yesternight, betwixt her lips and mine There fell thy shadow, Cynara! thy breath was shed Upon my soul between the kisses and the wine; And I was desolate and sick of an old passion, Yes, I was … Continue reading

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