• Knowing that everything comes to an end is a gift of experience, a consolation gift for knowing that we ourselves are coming to an end. Before we get it we live in a continuous present, and imagine the future as more of that present. Happiness is endless happiness, innocent of its own sure passing. Pain is endless pain.

    Tobias Wolff (2007). “This Boy's Life: A Memoir”, p.230, Grove/Atlantic, Inc.