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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.

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.

No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you will see why.

The Second Neurotic's Notebook (1966) (unverified)