"Gazing at the transfigured desert I remember the games of my childhood--the dark and golden park we peopled with gods; the limitless kingdom we made of this square mile never thoroughly explored, never thoroughly charted. We created a secret civilization where footfalls had a meaning and things a savor known in no other world.
And when we grow to be men and live under other laws, what remains of that park filled with the shadows of childhood, magical, freezing, burning? What do we learn when we return to it and stroll with a sort of despair along the outside of its little wall of gray stone, marveling that within a space so small we should have founded a kingdom that seemed to us infinite--what do we learn except that in this infinity we shall never again set foot, and that it is into the game and not the park that we have lost the power to enter?" -Antoine de Saint-Exupery, from Wind, Sand, and Stars.