Irian spoke: "Men fear death as dragons do not. Men want to own life, possess it, as if it were a jewel in a box. Those ancient mages craved everlasting life. They learned to use true names to keep men from dying. But those who cannot die can never be reborn."
[Ursula K. Le Guin, The Other Wind, Harcourt, Inc. (New York: 2001) pp. 225-226.]