We are healthy only to the extent that our ideas are humane.
Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions
You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read.
Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements – the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution and for life – weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way for them to get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode.
Lawrence M. Krauss
Books don’t offer real escape, but they can stop a mind scratching itself raw.
David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
I never thought of fear as something that can go away. It just is. It reminds me that I want to stay alive. That doesn’t strike me as a bad thing.
Becky Chambers, Wayfarers series
So, I guess we are who we are for alot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.
Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
You can get what you want, or you can just get old.
I blame Doctor Who. Mr Spock. The Scooby Gang: both the ones in the Mystery Machine and the ones with the stakes. I’ve spent my life with stories of people who don’t walk away, who go back for their friends, who make that last stand. I’ve been brainwashed by Samwise Gamgee.
Andrea K. Höst, Stray
Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.
Numb the dark and you numb the light.
Brené Brown, Daring Greatly
The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.
Carl Sagan, Cosmos
Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.
Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man
Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.
Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
Do not wait for the last judgment. It comes every day.