People will kill you over time, and how they’ll kill you is with tiny, harmless phrases, like “be realistic.
But hope, like heroes, can prove hard to kill.
I thought scientists were going to find out exactly how everything worked, and then make it work better. I fully expected that by the time I was twenty-one, some scientist, maybe my brother, would have taken a color photograph of God Almighty — and sold it to Popular Mechanics magazine.
Scientific truth was going to make us so happy and comfortable. What actually happened when I was twenty-one was that we dropped scientific truth on Hiroshima.
She could hear, some way off, her brothers calling to each other in the woods behind the house. She hoped desperately that their game wouldn’t bring them any closer, that they wouldn’t scare the birds away.
Somehow she knew that you didn’t get many moments like this in your life: moments when you knew, without any doubt, that you were alive, when you felt the air in your lungs and the wet grass beneath your feet and the cotton on your skin; moments when you were completely in the present, when neither the past nor the future mattered.
She tried to slow her breathing, hoping somehow to make this moment last forever.
Neil Gaiman, Stardust
That’s who you really like. The people you can think out loud in front of.
Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.