"You have my whole heart. You always did."
"The odds were never in your favor.
You forget the magnitude of your miracles,
the improbability of your existence.
This star, in this place, and
this rocky planet
moving at just the right pace,
with just the right core,
with its magnetic field fending off
solar winds and the rip of
radiation and think how
much has collided with you
and how close to your path you still remain
despite asteroids and
poisonous gas and
how many times it never began.
There’s a name for those wars:
The Late Heavy Bombardment,
the Iron Catastrophe.
You are here because
things came together.
Accretion is the word.
Take the time to thank
blue green algae for the air you breathe.
You came from stardust and chaos,
borne out of the lifeless extremities
of the universe for only a blink
and you have the gall
to be moderate?
To wait for your chance?
Forget walking on water.
You walk on earth.
Chance got you far enough, baby.
Now you have to hustle."
— for frank drake, and his equation
"One of the most significant negative habits we should be aware of is that of constantly allowing our mind to run off into the future. Perhaps we got this from our parents. Carried away by our worries, we’re unable to live fully and happily in the present. Deep down, we believe we can’t really be happy just yet—that we still have a few more boxes to be checked off before we can really enjoy life."
"We have ritually and ceaselessly sucked the fun and wonder out of learning in a country that is pushing kids into adulthood aimless, goalless, robotic and depressed as a way to feed a system that we now know does not work."