How magically sagacious is childhood in its power of arriving at boundless effects through insignificant means ... how often the whole course of one's subsequent history becomes an attempt to regain this sorcery. ... It is a criminal blunder of our maturer years that we so tamely, without frantic and habitual struggles to retain it, allow the ecstasy of the unbounded to slip out of our lives.
--John Cowper Powys. Autobiography. London: Pan Books, 1982: 1-2.