"You know what’s the most terrifying thing about admitting that you’re in love?" She asked him. "You are just naked. You put yourself in harm’s way and you lay down all your defenses. No clothes, no weapons. Nowhere to hide. Completely vulnerable. The only thing that makes it tolerable is to believe the other person loves you back and that you can trust him not to hurt you."
-The Sparrow. Mary Doria Russell