I see it all perfectly; there are two possible situations – one can do either this or that. My honest opinion and my friendly advice is this: Do it or do not do it – you will regret both.[Ja jeg indseer det nu fuldelig, der er to Tilfælde mulige, man kan enten gjøre det eller det, min oprigtige Mening og mit venskabelige Raad er som følger, gjør det eller gjør det ikke, Du vil fortryde begge Dele.]
For when regret calls to a person it is always late.[Thi naar Fortrydelsen kalder paa et Menneske er det altid silde.]
But then one regrets the loss even of one’s worst habits. Perhaps one regrets them the most. They are such an essential part of one’s personality.
Believe me, there is no such thing as great suffering, great regret, great memory… Everything is forgotten, even a great love. That’s what’s sad about life, and also what’s wonderful about it. There is only a way of looking at things, a way that comes to you every once in a while. That’s why it’s good to have had love in your life after all, to have had an unhappy passion – it gives you an alibi for the vague despairs we all suffer from.