'Marriage is a kind of insanity. It is the same sort of insanity that drives mountain-climbers to endure the seemingly undendurable in order to conquer the pristine peak of a sharp-toothed monster of rock and ice. You cannot do this if you believe in defeat. If while you are standing at the bottom of the mountain, you already have in your mind the conditions under which you are going to abandon the project and go home, you will, without a doubt, end up abandoning it.'
Melinda Selmys, Sexual Authenticity, p.121.