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Mutual respect implies discretion and reserve even in love itself; it means preserving as much liberty as possible to those whose life we share. We must distrust our instinct of intervention, for the desire to make one's own will prevail is often disguised under the mask of solicitude.

Henri Frédéric Amiel (1821-1881) Swiss writer.

''If everybody minded their own business,'' the Duchess said in a hoarse growl, ''the world would go round a deal faster than it does.''

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) English mathematician and novelist.

Everything intercepts us from ourselves.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

Those who in quarrels interpose, must often wipe a bloody nose.

John Gay (1685-1732) English poet and dramatist.