The rich were dull and they drank too much, or they played too much backgammon. They were dull and they were
repetitious. He remembered poor Julian and his romantic awe of them and how he had started a story once that
began, "The rich are very different from you and me." And how someone had said to Julian, "Yes, they
have more money."
- Snows of Kilimanjaro
'Julian' is F. Scott Fitzgerald, who started off one story, '[They] are very different from you and me.'
One of the hardest lessons I had to learn in the many hard lessons of boxing, was how to hit soft. Young fighters always try to throw every punch as hard as they can. The problem with this is that they leave themselves open, and they put their opponents into a defensive shell. For me, it was almost impossible to pull the second punch in a combination so that I could put more force on the third (or fourth) punch. Yet pulling a punch serves a double purpose – it causes the opponent to think he has the space to throw a counter (and thereby leave an opening for the big punch), and it allows you to get better leverage for your big punch. I got to where I could do it on the heavy bag, but it was always difficult for me in the ring.
My two favorite Russian proverbs about love.
“Love isn’t a potato. You can’t throw it out the window.”
“Love is an ugly thing: you’ll even love a goat.”