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Ideas about life organize perception; names of emotions organize sensations; rules of syntax organize thought. But pain comes on its own.
 

Ideology has shaped the very sofa on which I sit.
 

If beggars do not hate the rest of us, they are even more abject than I had imagined.
 

If I play hard to get, soon the phone stops ringing altogether.
 

If modesty disappeared, so would exhibitionism.
 

If success is a habit, it is a hard one to acquire.
 

If the world would apologize, I might consider a reconciliation.
 

If we think about the obvious long enough, it dissolves.
 

If you are going to break a Law of Art, make the crime interesting.
 

If you call failures experiments, you can put them in your resume and claim them as achievements.
 

Imagination has rules, but we can only guess what they are.
 

In bridge clubs and in councils of state, the passions are the same.
 

In every death, a busy world comes to an end.
 

In love, we worry more about the meaning of silences than the meaning of words.
 

In psychoanalysis, only the fee is exactly what it seems to be.
 

In the game of love, the losers are more celebrated than the winners.
 

In the street, the gaze of desire is furtive or menacing.
 

Innocence is thought charming because it offers delightful possibilities for exploitation.
 

Innocence: I am only stepping on your face because it lies in my path.
 

Irony regards every simple truth as a challenge.
[Irony]
 


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