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Hil & me on our wedding day at City Hall in San Francisco, CA (3 Dec 1984)

Hil & me on our wedding day at City Hall in San Francisco, CA (3 Dec 1984)

An unsatisfied woman requires luxury, but a woman who is in love with a man will lie on a board.
— André Maurois
[Happy 30th Anniversary, Hil
Thirty years ago we would watch TV together lying on a rug with flattened cardboard boxes for an underfelt, huddled under a blanket, you leaning against me and me leaning on a single stuffed cushion.  We were on our own, just getting started, in love and with nothing but hope for the future.  See how far our voyage has come…  And hopefully, how far we’ve still to go…
Love Always,
Your Kev
XXX
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X–  KMAB]
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It was said of President Wilson that he had faith in humanity but distrusted all men.  The true leader distrusts humanity but has faith in a few men.
   —  André Maurois
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2013 An Average Verge
2012 Dew Drop Secrets
2011 Champion Freedom

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Nothing in our daily life will last if neglected; houses, stuffs, friendships, pleasures.  Roofs fall in, love comes to an end.  A tile needs re-fastening, a joint must be  repaired, a misunderstanding cleared up.  Otherwise bitterness is created; feelings deep down in the soul become centers of infection, and one day, during a quarrel, the abscess breaks, and each is horrified by the picture of himself or herself discovered in the other’s mind.
   —  André Maurois
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2013 The Price Of Illusions
2012 Once Again
2011 And The “Market” Isn’t Always Right

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Women apparently achieve happiness more easily with energetic and virile men, men achieve it more easily with women who are affectionate and willing to be led. Very young women declare that they want to marry men whom they can dominate, but I have never discovered a woman who was truly happy with a man she did not admire for his strength and courage, nor a normal man who was perfectly happy with an Amazon.  The fact is that the element of chance in these matters rarely allows a man or a woman to choose a life companion by an act of pure volition, and it is better so; instinct, despite its mistakes, is surer here than intelligence.  The question, “Do I have to fall in love?” should not be asked; one must feel the answer to it within oneself.  The birth of love, like all other births, is the work of nature.
   —  André Maurois
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On This Day In:
2013 More Democracy, Please
2012 Speaking Of Love
2011 Limits

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So, human beings complain that the world is ill-made, do they?  But ill-made for whom?  For Man, who, in the immense design of the Universe is no more than an unimportant mould!  The probability is that everything in this world which we think is botched or erroneous has its reasons at a totally different level of existence.  The mould endures, no doubt, a small amount of suffering, but somewhere there are giants who, huge in stature as in mind, live in a state of semi-divinity.  This is Voltaire’s answer to the problem of evil.  It is not very satisfactory because the mould need never have been created, and, in the eyes of God, it may well be that mere size is of no importance.
   —  André Maurois
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2013 We Root For Ourselves
2012 Like A Shark
2011 Discernible Virtue

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The cinema may have a specific beauty of its own, but it does not permit that constant re-reading, that meditative brooding, those turning-back to passages heavily charged with meaning, which form the special pleasure of the novel-reader.
   —  André Maurois
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On This Day In:
2013 We Are All Accountable
2012 American Sign Language
2011 Happy Disproof
2010 Book Review – Managing Your Government Career

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Almost all of our fellow-beings deceive us, but a few of us have known the joy of meeting a woman or a man whose sincerity and frankness were genuine, who in almost every situation has behaved according to our wishes, and who in our most difficult moments has not forsaken us.  Those few are familiar with that marvelous feeling: confidence.  With at least one person they are able for a little while each day to lift the heavy visor of their helmets, breathe freely, and show their faces and their hearts without fear.
   —  André Maurois
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2013 Exceptional
2012 A Wild And Crazy Believer
2011 A Lack Of Scarcity
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