„But why should you care what people will say? All you have to do is please yourself.“

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"You should."
"But why?"
"Because more people will be happier if you do than if you don't."“

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„Now, there are people who say to me "Why did you have anything to do with her," — that's one fact. And there are people who say to her, "Why did you have anything to do with him," — that's another fact.“

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