'Shams and delusions are esteemed for soundest truths, while reality is fabulous. If men would steadily observe realities only, and not allow themselves to be deluded, life, to compare with such things as we know, would be like a fairy tale and the Arabian Nights' Entertainments. If we respected only what is inevitable and what has a right to be, music and poetry would resound along the streets...Be it life or death, we crave only reality. If we are really dying, let us hear the rattle in our throats and feel cold in the extremities; if we are alive, let us go about our business.'
Walden; or, Life in the Woods - Henry David Thoreau 1847