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It is important to our friends to believe that we are unreservedly frank with them, and important to friendship that we are not.

We would all like a reputation for generosity and we’d all like to buy it cheap.

For the happiest life, days should be rigorously planned, nights left open to chance.

If I knew what I was so anxious about, I wouldn’t be so anxious.

Most of us would rather risk catastrophe than read the directions.