Wikiquote:Quote of the day/February 12, 2019

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In vain were all her sighs and tears,
In vain were all his anxious fears:
All, insubstantial, doomed to pass,
As moonlight mirrored in the water,
Or flowers reflected in a glass.
~ Cao Xueqin ~
~ Dream of the Red Chamber ~