--Sena Jeter Naslund, Ahab's Wife, or The Star-Gazer
It's not true that your life flashes before your eyes when you die. At least, not all of it. Some of your life might flash. Other portions of your life it might take you years and years to recall. That, I think, is the function of Hell: It's a place of remembering. Beyond that, the purpose of Hell is not so much to forget the details of our lives as it is to forgive them.
--Chuck Palahniuk, Damned
The world, somebody wrote, is the place we prove real by dying in it.
--Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses