"I could love this if it weren't for the circumstances," Belle commented. "I've never been so high before."
"Love it anyway," Brian said. There are always dangers, even when you believe them to be far away. Man have lived with both danger and beauty from the beginning."
"I did not know you were a philosopher."
"Nothing of the kind. But when a man lives with a gun beside him, he comes to savor every moment if he has any sensitivity at all. The trouble is that most of us live in anticipation or in memory, never in the present moment. There must always be times like this when you just sit still and listen, feel, see. You live longer and live infinitely better."
(from Under the Sweetwater Rim, by Louis L'Amour)