• The fragility of love is what is most at stake here—humanity's most crucial three-word avowal is often uttered only to find itself suddenly embarrassing or orphaned or isolated or ill-timed—but strangely enough it can work better as a literal or reassuring statement than a transcendent or numinous or ecstatic one.

    Christopher Hitchens (2010). “Hitch 22: A Memoir”, p.306, Atlantic Books Ltd
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