"I often dream about failing.
Such dreams are commonplace to the ambitious or those who climb mountains.
Lately I dreamed I was clutching at the face of a rock, but it would not hold. Gravel gave way.
I grasped for a shrub, but it pulled loose, and in cold terror I fell into the abyss.
Suddenly I realized that my fall was relative; there was no bottom and no end.
A feeling of pleasure overcame me.
I realized that what I embody, the principle of life, cannot be destroyed.
It is written into the cosmic code, the order of the universe.
As I continued to fall in the dark void, embraced by the vault of the heavens,
I sang to the beauty of the stars and made my peace with the darkness."
― Heinz Pagels,
physicist and quantum mechanics researcher
before his death in a 1988 climbing accident