„Say what you will, 'tis better to be left than never to have been loved.“

—  William Congreve, The Way of the World, The Way of the World (1700), Act II, scene i. Precedent for Alfred Tennyson's more famous: "'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all"
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„It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.“

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„When love has once been sincere, how difficult it is to determine to love no more? 'Tis a thousand times more easy to renounce the world than love.“

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„Tis the last rose of Summer,
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