"Don’t let a hard lesson harden your heart."
"To be desired is perhaps the closest anybody in this life can reach to feeling immortal."
"Every city has a sex and an age which have nothing to do with demography. Rome is feminine. So is Odessa. London is a teenager, an urchin, and in this hasn’t changed since the time of Dickens. Paris, I believe, is a man in his twenties in love with an older woman."