Today I begin to understand what love must be, if it exists.... When we are parted, we each feel the lack of the other half of ourselves. We are incomplete like a book in two volumes of which the first has been lost. That is what I imagine love to be: incompleteness in absence. Lying is like alcoholism. You are always recovering.
Steven Soderbergh (b. 1963), U.S. filmmaker, and Jules De Goncourt (1830–1870), French writer. repr. In Pages from the Goncourt Journal, ed. Robert Baldick (1962) Steven Soderbergh; quoted in Norman K. Denzin, Images of Postmodern Society, ch. 8 (1991). Graham (James Spader) to Anne (Andie MacDowell), in Sex, Lies and Videotape, entry for November 15, 1859 (1989).