“This experience has connected us for life. Forever. More than all the papers, the vows, the promisses.”—My best friend about the experience of giving birth, shared with her husband and partner for 15 years.
“I was fighting a small fight of my own which wasn’t leading anywhere — but like a man with a bent spoon trying to dig through a cement wall I knew that a small fight was better than quitting: it kept the heart alive.”—Charles Bukowski
“There is no nirvana. There is no salvation. There is no afterlife. There is no rebirth. There is only immense knowledge - of the heart as well as the mind - and the potential for great discoveries, great adventures and a guarantee of more of the pain and and terror that make up so much of our short lives.”—The Rise of Endymion
“You seek escape from pain. We seek the achievement of happiness. You exist for the sake of avoiding punishment. We exist for the sake of earning rewards. Threats will not make us function; fear is not our incentive. It is not death that we wish to avoid, but life that we wish to live. You, who have lost the concept of the difference, you who claim that fear and joy are incentives of equal power—and secretly add that fear is the more “practical”—you do not wish to live, and only fear of death still holds you to the existence you have damned.”—Atlas Shrugged
“I will hazard a prediction. When you are 80 years old, and in a quiet moment of reflection narrating for only yourself the most personal version of your life story, the telling that will be most compact and meaningful will be the series of choices you have made. In the end, we are our choices. Build yourself a great story.”—