Anthony Trollope quote about love from Phineas Redux - Flirting I take to be the excitement of love, without its reality, and without its ordinary result in marriage.
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Flirting I take to be the excitement of love, without its reality, and without its ordinary result in marriage.
 Anthony Trollope, Phineas Redux (1874). copy citation

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“"Quite indifferent, I should say; but I can't answer for him, Lord Chiltern, quite as positively as I can for myself. You know, as things go, people have to play at caring for each other."
"That's what we call flirting."
"Just the reverse. Flirting I take to be the excitement of love, without its reality, and without its ordinary result in marriage. This playing at caring has none of the excitement, but it often leads to the result, and sometimes ends in downright affection."
"If Maule perseveres then you'll take him, and by-and-bye you'll come to like him."” source

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