Ellie left, and she promised herself that she would stop thinking of things as being either good or bad.  She would only think of what would carry her into a world cheaper and more free, toward a life that would burn like paper.
— Dan Josefson
In order not to leave any traces, when you do something, you should do it with your whole body and mind; you should be concentrated on what you do.  You should do it completely, like a good bonfire.  You should not be a smoky fire.  You should burn yourself completely....  Zen activity is activity which is completely burned out, with nothing remaining but ashes.
— Shunryu Suzuki
World upon world; I try to hold the cosmos in my arms. His perfect voice says, How good it is to be us.

What better reason to live than simply to live? Why not burn all my life into a fine, glittering ash?
— R.E. Maley