Evil misogynist straightwhitemale patriarch Heartiste, relentless enemy of "pretty lies", referring to his younger self:
He had learned, and not a moment too soon, to watch what women do and ignore what they say about their romantic needs. For all the men who knew nothing about what women wanted, even fewer women knew themselves.
An update about wider application:
There is a term of art in economics that I like: “revealed preference.” The root idea is: Never mind what people say they prefer, or what some pure-reason formula proves they should prefer, but what their behavior shows they actually prefer.
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