What is it with men and these cities? They cling to them, like precious mistresses. Frightened the will leave in the dark if not pleased. Easier, I suppose, to love a city than bear the weight of true passion. Fragile and overwhelming. True poison. The touch that lingers. Easier to fight and fly and play at love than open your soul to it…and risk the unbearable dagger stab of loss.
— Talia al Ghul (Action Comics 772)