"Important places impress. Very important places impress absolutely.
"Thus a climber may only stand on the summit of Everest for scant moments--made stupid by exhaustion and lack of oxygen, hurried and harried by the cold, a full bladder, and the need to get back down the ridge to Camp VII before nightfall--but those few seconds will last forever in his memory and imagination. The heart has few enough fixed compass points; we forget none of them."
(Dan Simmons, Summer Sketches, pg. vii)