• There are those who’d bet, love comes but once—and yet…

Regrets? I’ve had a few. But why kick off Regrets Week with an amateur?

If we’re going to explore the dark side of romance, we need to be guided by a professional. Ambrose Bierce was the Izaak Walton of cynicism: he turned the pastime of lesser men into his livelihood. And here’s what he had to say about true love:

Love: A temporary insanity curable by marriage.

Marriage. The state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress and two slaves, making in all, two.