There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find ways in which you yourself have altered.
For each person there is a sentence—a series of words—which has the power to destroy them.
— Philip K. Dick
And sometimes, the story is that you’re not going to know.
So the universe is not quite as you thought it was.
You’d better rearrange your beliefs, then. Because you certainly can’t rearrange the universe.
— Isaac Asimov
The Language Breaks
You’ve got such beautiful words but none I can eat, none which block the rain, none which bandage my wounds, none which build a home.
Nothing beautiful, which did not work, ever became anything more than pretty.
Get up. Go to the mirror. Look yourself in the eye. And tell yourself how beautiful you are. How confident you are. How filled with love you are. How possible everything is. How wonderful the world will be today. Because it is. And you are.
Do this aloud. Do this everyday.
My turn shall come. I sense the spreading of a wing.
— Osip Mandelstam
Most people don’t believe something can happen until it already has. That’s not stupidity or weakness, that’s just human nature. I don’t blame anyone for not believing.
— Max Brooks, World War Z
When I am with you, there is nowhere else I’d rather be. And I am a person who always wants to be somewhere else.
— David Levithan, How They Met, and Other Stories
We learn from history that we do not learn from history.
— G. W. F. Hegel