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Hi Michele!
I surely agree with you. Once I read about an old Chinese proverb that had a similar sense: "You tell a stranger,you met for just an evening, at the inn, what you didn't share with your wife after twenty years of common life".
I can't translate it precisely, but that is the general idea.
Sometimes, among strangers, you feel more free to be yourself, beyond the grasp of the expectations of those who are "too close to see the truth".
I had a teacher at College who used to say: we must "turn away from our own center", not because we are selfish, but because we are infinite".
I'm happy to be visiting you again!

Ines, I love your quotes! The Chinese proverb especially resonates, particularly for the Conversation Cafe we're planning in September. It's so true--many times at parties I've heard my husband say something to a relative stranger that I didn't know about him and I'll think "Huh--why haven't you ever told me that?" Maybe it's also because strangers will ask different questions. When we know someone, we are more likely to think that we already know the answers. :-)

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