Wise and Unhappy Dreams

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 learn 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… and then we know that we have looked back through the ivory gates into that world of wonder which was ours before we were wise and unhappy.

(H.P. Lovecraft, Celephais)

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