Talk the whole thing away. No pleasure in anything if you mouth it up too much.
There was an inevitability about the road towards each other which encouraged meandering along the route.
—Zadie Smith, NW
Strange, that some of us, with quick alternative vision, see beyond our infatuations, and even while we rave on the heights, behold the wide plain where our persistent self pauses and awaits us.
—―George Eliot, Middlemarch
One thing I am certain of, I do not want to be betrayed, but that’s quite hard to say casually, at the beginning of a relationship. It’s not a word people use very often, which confuses me, because there are different kinds of infidelity, but betrayal is betrayal wherever you find it. By betrayal, I mean promising to be on your side, and then being on somebody else’s.
—Jeanette Winterson, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
When you have been just told that the girl you love is definitely betrothed to another, you begin to understand how Anarchists must feel when the bomb goes off too soon.
—P.G. Wodehouse, Summer Lightning