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As to the deceit perpetrated upon women, let it pass, for, when love is in the way, men and women as a general rule dupe each other.
I have loved women even to madness, but I have always loved liberty better.
You will laugh when you learn that I thought nothing of deceiving idiots, scoundrels and fools when I needed to do so. As for my deceptions of women, these are not of the sort to be tallied, since when love has a hand in things, each party usually dupes the other.
I found that the writer who says SUBLATA LUCERNA NULLUM DISCRIMEN INTER MULIERES ('when the lamp is taken away, all women are alike') says true; but without love, this great business is a vile thing.
In a woman learning is out of place; it compromises the essential qualities of her sex.... No scientific discoveries have been made by women... [which] requires a vigor which the female sex cannot have. But in simple reasoning and in delicacy of feeling we must yield to women.
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