What people don't realize is that intimacy has its conventions as well as ordinary social intercourse. There are three cardinal rules -- don't take somebody else's boyfriend unless you've been specifically invited to do so, don't take a drink without being asked, and keep a scrupulous accounting in financial matters.
Author: W. H. Auden (1907-1973)
Profession: Anglo-American Poet
Intimacies between women go backwards, beginning with revelations and ending up in small talk without loss of esteem.
Author: Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973)
Profession: Anglo-Irish Novelist
If ever a man and his wife, or a man and his mistress, who pass nights as well as days together, absolutely lay aside all good breeding, their intimacy will soon degenerate into a coarse familiarity, infallibly productive of contempt or disgust.
Author: Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773)
Profession: British Statesman, Author
To really know someone is to have loved and hated him in turn.
Author: Marcel Jouhandeau
The many faces of intimacy: the Victorians could experience it through correspondence, but not through cohabitation; contemporary men and women can experience it through fornication, but not through friendship.
Author: Thomas Szasz (1920)
Profession: American Psychiatrist
If one could be friendly with women, what a pleasure -- the relationship so secret and private compared with relations with men. Why not write about it truthfully?
Author: Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)
Profession: British Novelist, Essayist