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Droll thing life is— that mysterious arrangement of merciless logic for a futile purpose. The most you can hope from it is some knowledge of yourself— that comes too late— a crop of unextin-guishable regrets. Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness (Wisehouse Classics Edition) (pp. 66-67). Wisehouse. Kindle Edition.
"You are beautiful," he whispered to me. "If you say so." "Do ye not believe me? Have I ever lied to you?" "That's not what I mean. I mean - if you say it, then it's true. You make it true."
The Fiery Cross, Diana Gabaldon