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“Of course, these women ought to have listened when he told them he wasn’t looking for anything serious. But on a certain level, it didn’t really matter if it was stupid of them. Ethical people don’t take advantage of other people’s weakness; that’s like being a slumlord or a price gouger. And treading on weakness is exactly what dating felt like, with so many of these women–with their wide-open hopefulness, their hunger for connection and blithe assumption that men wanted it just as badly.”

― Adelle Waldman, The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

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