So what I want to know is, when I'm asleep, do I really remember how to fly? And forget when I wake up? Or am I just dreaming I can fly?
- When you dream, sometimes you remember. When you wake, you always forget.
"Brief Lives", Neil Gaiman

"Did you win your sword fight?"
"Of course I won the fucking sword fight," Hiro says. "I'm the greatest sword fighter in the world."
"And you wrote the software."
"Yeah. That, too," Hiro says.
"Snow Crash", Neal Stephenson

"I can ride and wield blade, and I do not fear either pain or death."
"What do you fear, lady?" he asked.
"A cage," she said. "To stay behind bars, until use and old age accept them, and all chance of doing great deeds is gone beyond recall or desire."
"The Return of the King", J. R. R. Tolkien