W. Somerset Maugham quote about love from The Painted Veil - One can be very much in love with a woman without wishing to spend the rest of one's life with her.
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One can be very much in love with a woman without wishing to spend the rest of one's life with her.
 W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil (1925). copy citation

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“But you know, when you ask me to get my wife, to whom I'm very much attached, to divorce me, and ruin my career by marrying you, you're asking a good deal."
"No more than I'm willing to do for you."
"The circumstances are rather different."
"The only difference is that you don't love me."
"One can be very much in love with a woman without wishing to spend the rest of one's life with her."
She gave him a quick look and despair seized her. Heavy tears rolled down her cheeks.
"Oh, how cruel! How can you be so heartless?"
She began to sob hysterically. He gave an anxious glance at the door.” source

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