All The Bitterness

Without realizing it, he put into this kiss all the bitterness of a failed first love, all the bitterness of a failed second love and all the bitterness of a failed third love, and each of them was doomed to be bitter and unsuccessful, because he put too much feeling in each of them and too much believed in the need for complete disinterestedness. Some of them he frightened away with this power of feeling; he pulled himself away from others with blood and pain himself, because when you invest a lot, you demand a lot, and when he fell in love, somehow every time the highest moral requirement was included in relation to his beloved, each time his ideal in something let him down.

Fazil Iskander

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