Quotation by Rutherford Birchard Hayes

Am I in love? ... If in love, where's the sweetheart? Is it the noble-hearted F___ or the giddy, young, black-eyed E___ who fills my thoughts? Do feeling and judgment go together? I feel the strong longing, but not the fixed attachment which belongs to the true love. The settled object is wanting. It is useless to attempt to cast myself free from the cords which a too warm imagination throws about me. The only cure is marriage. If that is not the specific I may as well despair of ever making even a respectable figure in life; ... I am almost wholly worthless.... With me too, believing as I do, or have, that it was a part of my patrimony to be gifted with more than the ordinary allotment of what is called "common sense." I must be in the chrysalis state, neither a boy nor a man; not in love and yet not whole of heart. Well I hope I shall be safely delivered soon, for if I am not, woe to the future!
Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–1893), U.S. president. Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States, vol. I, pp. 192-193, ed. Charles Richard Williams, The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 5 vols. (1922-1926), Diary (December 23, 1846).

Written while a struggling lawyer in Lower Sandusky, Ohio (now Fremont).
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