'Tis impossible to love and cease to love (and love another) and yet return again to the first passion, though the person have all the charms or a thousand times more than it had when it first conquered. This mystery in love, it may be, is not generally known, but nothing is more certain. One may a while suffer the flame to languish, but there may be a reviving spark in the ashes raked up that may burn anew, but when 'tis quite extinguished it never returns or rekindles.
— The History of the Nun; Aphra Behn
When the flames of true devotion are kindled in a heart, it puts out all other fires, which are as ineffectual as candles lighted in the face of the sun.
— The Fair Jilt; Aphra Behn
If the world knows a man has some vices, they will not allow one to speak of his virtues.
— Oroonoko; Aphra Behn
Oroonoko and Other Writings
I guess it’s true what they say: if you wait long enough everything changes.
— This Is How You Lose Her; Junot Diaz
This Is How You Lose Her