Who said it?

"And what d'you feel about immortality, X?" I asked.

"I am an idealist," said X, "and therefore on the whole I suppose I think that something may continue. Clearly the brain is the only exciting thing — matter does not exist."

You can actually make two guesses here: who asked the question, and who answers. Oh, and of course the second speaker is being a little sloppy here: if matter does not exist, clearly he means "the mind is the only exciting thing."

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