Like fate, destiny, except those aren’t real. Coincidence is as close as we get, but it’s all pareidolic: seeing patterns in things that aren’t there. Faces in clouds. We look for connections because we want to see them. We want everything attached as neatly as possible. It removes the concept – the concern – of what happens if things simply aren’t.

I Still Dream, James Smythe

In every story, there is always a lighthouse, leading one towards something. Of course, a lighthouse really only exists to tell you what to avoid.

I still dream, James Smythe.

People are forgotten. Eventually no one remembers you.

Hotel Silence, Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir.

Now you’re at the other end of the telescope.
Seven billion stars in her eyes.
So many stars.
So many ways of seeing.
Hey, this is no time not to be alive.

Love Is All We Have Left, U2

I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned.

― Richard Feynman

The hypothesis of God, for instance, gives an incomparably absolute opportunity to understand everything and know absolutely nothing. Give man an extremely simplified system of the world and explain every phenomenon away on the basis of that system. An approach like that doesn’t require any knowledge. Just a few memorized formulas plus so-called intuition and so-called common sense.

― Arkady Strugatsky, Roadside Picnic