"You know what's out there? Wind and rain and some damn big waves. Reefs and rocks and sandbars and enough fog and night to hide it all. So why the hell do it then? It builds character, Mr. Preston, of which you are in desperately short supply. The kind you only find on mountaintops, in deserts, on battlefields, and across oceans."
Some people think that a place can save them. Like if they could just be somewhere else, their lives would be totally different. They could finally be the people they always wanted to be. But to me, a place is just a place. If you really want things to change, you can make them change no matter where you are.
He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.
- Emily Bronte
I could no longer explain how there can be a good and all-powerful God actively involved with this world, given the state of things. For many people who inhabit this planet, life is a cesspool of misery and suffering. I came to a point where I simply could not believe that there is a good and kindly disposed Ruler who is in charge of it.
- Bart Ehrman
A book, too, can be a star, ‘explosive material, capable of stirring up fresh life endlessly,’ a living ﬁre to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.
As I look around the world, I see scientists and rationalists like me – we’re always going around asking ourselves, what if I’m wrong? What if I’m wrong? You don’t see much asking of that question among the religions. They don’t seem to be very interested in asking themselves, what if we’re wrong?
- Daniel Dennett
A woman drove me to drink, and I never had the decency to thank her.
- W.C. Fields
I want to do more in this world than just live in it.