To me, there’s nothing more beautiful than fireworks in the night. There are blue and green fireballs, they rise up in the darkness, and at the height of their beauty they double back and they’re gone. When you watch them, you’re happy but at the same time afraid, because in a moment it will all be over. The happiness and the fear go together, and it’s much more beautiful than if it lasted longer.
– “My Recollections of Knulp,” Knulp, Hermann Hesse