>“These were the lovely bones that had grown around my absence: the connections-sometimes tenuous, sometimes made at great cost, but often magnificent-that happened after I was gone. And I began to see things in a way that let me hold the world without me in it. The events that my death wrought were merely the bones of a body that would become whole at some unpredictable time in the future. The price of what I came to see as this miraculous body had been my life.”
— The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold
>“'Sometimes,' said Pooh, 'the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.'”
>“The closer men came to perfecting for themselves a paradise, the more impatient they became with it, and with themselves as well. They made a garden of pleasure, and became progressively more miserable with it as it grew in richness and power and beauty; for then, perhaps, it was easier to see something was missing in the garden, some tree or shrub that would not grow. When the world was in darkness and wretchedness, it could believe in perfection and yearn for it. But when the world became bright with reason and riches, it began to sense the narrowness of the needle's eye, and that rankled for a world no longer willing to believe or yearn.”
― A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller Jr.
>“Some believe that it is only great power that can hold evil in check. But that is not what I have found. I found it is the small things. Everyday deeds by ordinary people that keeps the darkness at bay.”
>“There's more to life than being a passenger.”
— Amelia Earhart
>“Evil begins when you begin to treat people as things.”
― Granny Weatherwax, Discworld
Shinji: I hate myself. But, maybe, maybe I could love myself. Maybe, my life can have a greater value. That's right!. I am no more or less than myself. I am me! I want to be myself! I want to continue existing in this world! My life is worth living here!
Everyone: [applauding] Congratulations!
Shinji: Thank you all!
— Neon Genesis Evangelion
>“And Lot's wife, of course, was told not to look back where all those people and their homes had been. But she did look back, and I love her for that, because it was so human. So she was turned into a pillar of salt. So it goes.”
― Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut
>“Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.”
― 1 Corinthians 13:13
>“The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosions and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices, to be found only in the minds of men. For the record, prejudices can kill and suspicion can destroy, and a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all of its own - for the children, and the children yet unborn. And the pity of it is that these things cannot be confined to the Twilight Zone.”
― Twilight Zone, Rod Serling
>“One good solid hope is worth a cartload of certainties.”
— The Doctor
>“I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit. For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.”
— Ecclesiastes 1:16-18
>“We stopped looking for monsters under our bed when we realized they were inside us.”
― Gil Grissom, CSI
>“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.”
— Dwight D. Eisenhower
>“Live by the harmless untruths that make you brave and kind and healthy and happy.”
― Cat's Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
>“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”
— Jimi Hendrix
Utena: Listen, if you ever have a problem, come to me first. I want us to be friends like that. And someday, together...
Anthy: Someday together...?
[Both: Someday, Together, We'll Shine]
— Revolutionary Girl Utena
>“Everything will be all right in the end. If it isn't all right, it's not the end.”
>“The people of the world, all of them, whether it is the different race or the different language or the different lifestyle, tend to only think about what we cannot share. But our brains are all the same. We are the same people. With everyone’s strength, we can all share the same feelings. That much is obvious. But it won’t come easily.”
— Naoko Takeuchi
>“There’s no such thing as a painless lesson. They just don’t exist. Sacrifices are necessary. You can’t gain anything without losing something first although if you can endure that pain and walk away from it, you’ll find that you now have a heart strong enough to overcome any obstacle. Yeah, a heart made fullmetal.”
― Edward Elric, Fullmetal Alchemist
Calvin: Dad, how do soldiers killing each other solve the world's problems?
[Dad sits speechless for 2 panels, unable to come up with a good answer]
Calvin: [Walking away] I think grown-ups just act like they know what they're doing.
— Calvin and Hobbes
>“We are all lonely stars, seeking to find one another.”
― Usagi Tsukino, Sailor Moon
>“It is so short and jumbled and jangled, Sam, because there is nothing intelligent to say about a massacre. Everybody is supposed to be dead, to never say anything or want anything ever again. Everything is supposed to be very quiet after a massacre, and it always is, except for the birds.
And what do the birds say? All there is to say about a massacre, things like "Poo-tee-weet?"”
― Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut
>“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.”
— Amelia Earhart
>“I suppose that, in the end, it's what we leave behind that defines us.”
― Gil Grissom, CSI
>“However long the night, the dawn will break.”
>“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
— John F. Kennedy
>“And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”
— Isaiah 2:4
>“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
― Albert Einstein
>“Yet, even amidst the hatred and carnage, life is still worth living. It is possible for wonderful encounters and beautiful things to exist.”
― Hayao Miyazaki
>“Commander Vimes didn’t like the phrase ‘The innocent have nothing to fear’, believing the innocent had everything to fear, mostly from the guilty but in the longer term even more from those who say things like ‘The innocent have nothing to fear’.”
— Snuff, Terry Pratchett
>“Many people need desperately to receive this message: ‘I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone.”
— Kurt Vonnegut
>“I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.”
— Anne Frank
>“Don’t squander this opportunity! God may have closed a door, but what that stupid motherfucker hasn’t realized is that he left a window open for you to wriggle right through!”
>“Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly NOW. Love mercy NOW. Walk humbly NOW. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.”
— Pirkei Avos 2:16, Talmud