Another Quote . . .
“From all such matters, the moral can be drawn that the man who approaches a court compromises his happiness, if he is happy, and in any case risks making his future depend on the intrigues of some chambermaid.
On the other hand, in America, in the Republic, one must waste a whole day in paying serious court to the shopkeepers in the streets, and must become as stupid as they are; and over there, no opera.”
– Stendhal; The Charterhouse of Parma- 1839
Obviously only some parts of this are true . . . but still I found it interesting and amusing – especially the last part about the opera.