From Manuel Fraga’s dreadful Nuevos diálogos, found yesterday on the street (it’s becoming a habit):
An old French song reminds us that “the pleasure of love only lasts a moment, while the sorrow of love lasts for ever.”
A pragmatic English take, probably also old:
What’s the difference between love and herpes?
Herpes is for ever.
You kind of wonder whether Fraga knew that Joan Baez had had a hit singing “Plaisir d’amour ne dure qu’un moment./Chagrin d’amour dure toute la vie.” Probably not his cup of Tetley’s:
Ilkley d’amour, le ‘ill where the Yorkshiremen go.
Ilkley d’amour et j’ai been there with mon chapeau.
I always liked the bit in Qathafi’s Green Book where it says, “It is an undisputed fact that both man and
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