„Why didn't he say goodbye?
I gave myself a bruise.
Why didn't he say 'I love you'?“


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„If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than it was because he was he, and I was I.“

—  Michel De Montaigne, The Complete Essays
Variants: If a man urge me to tell wherefore I loved him, I feel it cannot be expressed but by answering: Because it was he, because it was myself. If a man should importune me to give a reason why I loved him, I find it could no otherwise be expressed, than by making answer: because it was he, because it was I. Book I, Ch. 28

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„I do not love thee, Sabidius, nor can I say why; this only I can say, I do not love thee.“

—  Martial Latin poet from Hispania 40 - 104
I, 32, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Compare: "I do not love thee, Doctor Fell, / The reason why I cannot tell; / But this alone I know full well, / I do not love thee, Doctor Fell", Tom Brown, Laconics.

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