“Nature admits of no permanence in the relation between man and woman. It is only man’s egoism that wants to keep woman like some buried treasure. All endeavours to introduce permanence in love, the most changeable thing in this changeable human existence, have gone shipwrecked in spite of religious ceremonies, vows and legalities.”
Venus in Furs – Leopold von Sacher-Masoch
Great quote. If there is a man alive that doesn’t feel a sudden pang of yearning/regret on reading it then they haven’t really lived.
You have a genius in finding quotes that cut to the very heart of the matter