“If you don’t like the world the way it is, change it -
 one step at a time. 
Be prepared for how long change might take 
and how hard it will sometimes be. Always remember 
the quote you wrote in your diary after hearing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak:

‘If you can’t fly, 
if you can’t run, 
if you can’t walk, 
but by all means

keep moving.’ ” 

- Marian Wright Edelman 

Some wonder if the star of Bethlehem
Occurred when Jupiter and Saturn crossed;
It’s comforting to look up from this roof
And feel that, while all changes, nothing’s lost,
To recollect that in antiquity
The winter solstice fell in Capricorn
And that, in the Orion Nebula,
From swirling gas, new stars are being born.

Timothy Steele, from "Toward the Winter Solstice." 

The one thing in this life we know with certainty. You either watch change happen or you make it happen - but regardless of your involvement it occurs.
-  Sarah Ryhanen
A new one:

The constant source for happiness is curiosity.

- Alice Munro

Julia posted this a while ago
and i've been thinking a lot about it lately.
thank you.

from 'A Season in Hell' by Arthur Rimbaud

On the road, on winter nights, no shelter, no clothes, no food, a voice would fasten on my heart:

'weakness and strength: the fact is you are here - that much is strength. You don't know where you're going or why. Go everywhere, answer every greeting. You're no more likely to get yourself killed than if you were already a corpse.'

In the morning my eyes would be so blank, my expression so dead, that people I encountered may not even have seen me.

Arthur Rimbaud - Selected Poems and Letters
Translated with an Introduction and Notes by Jeremy Harding and John Sturrock
Penguin Books, 2004, p. 147

We are surrounded by Nothing. Everywhere we go, we have no idea what we're not seeing. We don't know what gravitational fields look like, what dark matter looks like, what quantum foam looks like, what de Kooning's drawing looked like, but what the scientists and the artists are telling us, in their very different ways, is that if we lean in, and pay very close attention, sometimes what looks like Nothing is the best place to find the most interesting ... somethings.

Robert Krulwich