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It is good that this is not always true

February 10th, 2012 · 6 Comments

“Women fall in love when they get to know you.  Men are just the opposite.  When they finally know you they’re ready to leave.” — James Salter, “American Express”

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  • 1 lisahgolden // Feb 10, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Sometimes I worry that in my heart, I am a man. I identify with personality attributes that society deems male or masculine.

    Now that THAT is off my chest, let’s just say I’ve been on both sides of this (thankfully) not always true statement. One side sucks a little less than the other does.

  • 2 Tetman Callis // Feb 10, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Men and women don’t fully understand each other. In the old days this didn’t matter so much, since they were usually mostly kept apart. Nowadays they commingle everywhere, with results that are sometimes unforeseen and even unpleasant.

  • 3 Averil Dean // Feb 10, 2012 at 11:50 am

    No, we don’t always understand each other. But trying to figure it out is part of the human experience. I appreciate the chance to set my rose-colored glasses aside and take a peek through the high-def yellows and blues.

  • 4 Tetman Callis // Feb 10, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Think how boring it would be if we always understood each other.

    Think how desolate it would be if we couldn’t forgive each other.

  • 5 Averil Dean // Feb 10, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    I’ll drink to that. (Whiskey sour, with a straw since I lack the proboscis.)


  • 6 Ray // Feb 19, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    There’s a line in Sex, Lies, and Videotape that’s similar to Salter’s (whom I like):

    “Men learn to love what they’re attracted to, whereas women become more attracted to what they love.”

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