“Pain is temporary. It may last for a minute, or an hour, or a day, or even a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit however, it will last forever.”
“Her advice to me was simply ‘People take their cue from you.’ That’s it. If you act like you belong in the room, people will believe that you do. If you act like your opinion matters, others will, too. Simple, true, empowering, and life-changing advice. It is applicable for all women in every endeavor we undertake.”
-Jennifer Palmieri, Dear Madam President
“‘We may take refuge in our stereotypes,’ she said, ‘but we cannot hide there long. Because HIV asks only one thing of those it attacks: Are you human? And this is the right question — are you human? People with HIV have not entered some alien state of being. They are human. They have not earned cruelty and do not deserve meanness. They don’t benefit from being isolated or treated as outcasts. Each of them is exactly what God made: a person, not evil, deserving of our judgment; not victims, longing for our pity.'” – Mary Fisher via David France in How to Survive a Plague.
“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” -Mark Twain
“The existence of forgetting has never been proved: we only know that some things do not come to our mind when we want them to.” -Friedrich Nietzsche
“Joe’s got a cough, sounds kinda rough,
Yeah, and the codeine to fix it.
Doctor prescribes, drug store supplies,
Who’s gonna help him to kick it.”
-Keith Richards/ Mick Jagger, Torn And Frayed
“The problem, however, eventually became evident: to make science the arbiter of metaphysics is to banish not only God from the world but also love, hate, meaning — to consider a world that is self-evidently not the world we live in. That’s not to say that if you believe in meaning, you must also believe in God. It is to say, though, that if you believe that science provides no basis for God, then you are almost obligated to conclude that science provides no basis for meaning and, therefore, life itself doesn’t have any.”
–Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air