everyone should read Lovecraft. This quote is one of the most beautiful and sad pieces of writing that I have ever encountered. :)
HP Lovecraft - taken from the short story 'Celephais' in 'The Call of Cthulhu and other weird stories'
"There are not many persons who know what wonders are opened to them in the stories and visions of their youth; for when as children we listen and dream, we think but half-formed thoughts, and when as men we try to remember, we are dulled and prosaic with the poison of life. But some of us awake in the night with strange phantasms of enchanted hill and gardens, of fountains that sing in the sun, of golden cliffs overhanging murmuring seas, of plains that stretch down to sleeping cities of bronze and stone, and of shadowy companies of heroes that ride caparisoned white horses along the edges of thick forests; and then we know that we have looked back through the ivory gates into that wolrld of wonder which was ours before we were wise and unhappy."