“You know when I said I knew little about love? That wasn’t true. I know a lot about love. I’ve seen it, centuries and centuries of it, and it was the only thing that made watching your world bearable. All those wars. Pain, lies, hate… It made me want to turn away and never look down again. But when I see the way that mankind loves… You could search to the furthest reaches of the universe and never find anything more beautiful. So yes, I know that love is unconditional. But I also know that it can be unpredictable, unexpected, uncontrollable, unbearable and strangely easy to mistake for loathing, and… What I’m trying to say, Tristan is… I think I love you. Is this love, Tristan? I never imagined I’d know it for myself. My heart… It feels like my chest can barely contain it. Like it’s trying to escape because it doesn’t belong to me any more. It belongs to you. And if you wanted it, I’d wish for nothing in exchange – no fits. No goods. No demonstrations of devotion. Nothing but knowing you loved me too. Just your heart, in exchange for mine.”
“You seriously think I could kill anybody? Even if I could, I mean, everlasting life? I imagine it would be kind of lonely. Well, maybe if you had someone to share it with. Someone you loved. Then it might be different.”
“The burning golden heart of a star at peace is sooo much better than your frightened little heart. All the same, better than no heart at all.”
“What do stars do? … Shine!
“No star can shine with a broken heart.
“A philosopher once asked, “Are we human because we gaze at the stars or do we gaze at the stars because we are human?” Pointless really. Do the stars gaze back? Now that’s a question.”
“They ruled for 80 years. But no man can live forever, except he who possesses the heart of a star, and Yvaine gave hers to Tristan completely. When their children and grandchildren were grown, it was time to light the Babylon Candle… and they still live happily ever after.”