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“And so, when a person meets the half that is is very own, whatever his orientation, whether it's to young men or not, then something wonderful happens: the two are struck from their senses by love, by a sense of belonging to one another, and by desire, and they don't want to be separated from one another, not even for a moment. These are the people who finish out their lives together and still cannot say what it is they want from one another. No one would think it is the intimacy of sex -- that mere sex is the reason each lover takes so great and deep a joy in being with the other. It's obviously that the soul of every lover longs for something else; his soul cannot say what it is, but like an oracle it has a sense of what it wants, and like an oracle it hides behind a riddle” (The Symposium, from the Speech of Aristophanes, 192B6 - 192D3).