I go about in search of love; and I find it in unmeasured stores in the bosoms of others. But when I try to ask for it, this horrible shyness strangles me; and I stand dumb, or worse than dumb, saying meaningless things - foolish lies. And I see the affection I am longing for given to dogs and cats and pet birds, because they come and ask for it. It must be asked for; it is like a ghost: it cannot speak unless it is first spoken to. All the love in the world is longing to speak; only it dare not because it is shy, shy, shy. That is the world's tragedy.
~ George Bernard Shaw