"You said, ‘I love you.’ Why is it that the most unoriginal thing we can say to another is still the thing we long to hear? ‘I love you’ is always a quotation. You did not say it first and neither did I, yet when you say it and when I say it we speak like savages who have found three words and worship them. I did worship them but now I am alone on a rock hewn of my own body."
Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body