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So few grains of happiness measured against all the dark and still the scales balance.

The world asks of us only the strength we have and we give it. Then it asks more, and we give it.

— Jane Hirshfield, The Weighing

I can do this. I am experienced enough to do this. I am knowledgeable enough to do this. I am prepared enough to do this. I am mature enough to do this. I am brave enough to do this.

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Knock Down The House

Apophenia, the general tendency of our minds to make meaning out of the meaningless.

— Daniel M. Wegner and Kurt Gray, The Mind Club, God (pg. 266)

And it was warm.

— Elizabeth Hopkinson, Asexual Fairy Tales, Pygmalion and Galatea

What do we want to want?

— Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens

I'm hanging off a ledge Fingers slipping, Knuckles locked in fear And I don't dare look below.

But the cliff isn't that high. In fact if I fell Barely a moment would pass And I'd feel the warm earth under my feet.

I know all this, Yet I can't let go.

Rational Anxious Heart Quiet

There is no chess match when multiple universes stretch and frown and squat to shit; when the existence of parallel realities in physics proves that tragedy and comedy, love and hate, life and death, were never really opposites; when language and being and knowing themselves are revealed to have been blinded by dumb binaries.

— Lidia Yuknavitch, Book of Joan

Run towards the darkness, sweet peas, and shine.

— Steve Almond, forward to Tiny beautiful things

Every time someone steps up and says who they are, the world becomes a better, more interesting place.

— Raymond Holt, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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