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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
 
Madame de Girardin
 
  Grief is the culture of the soul; it is the true fertiliser.  1
  Infidelity, like death, admits of no degrees.  2
  Love with men is not a sentiment, but an idea.  3
  Self-interest, that leprosy of the age, attacks us from infancy, and we are startled to observe little heads calculate before knowing how to reflect.  4
  We are only vulnerable and ridiculous through our pretensions.  5
 
 
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