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Welcome to the newest quotation collection at The Other Pages. The Republic of Dreams is a series of books and stories centered around the adventures of Exander Metro, his friends and family, and the forces that shape the world of the 22nd Century - a hundred years after The Last War and The Second Flood - stories that are "equal parts science, history, metaphor and mystery."

The Republic of Dreams

(330 entries, updated September 2021)

The Republic of Dreams. Key to the Storyline:
  • [D] = Defender - Book 4
  • [E] = Ethos - Book 5
  • [F] = Final Orbit - Book 8
  • [G] = The Ghost and the Volcano
  • [I] = Ion - Book 6
  • [M] = Mettle - Book 1
  • [S] = Scattered to the Winds - Book 7
  • [T] = To the Gates of the Western Sea
  • [W] = Wanderers - Book 3
  • [X] = Explorers - Book 2

Note that Speakers whose names are followed by [f] are fictional characters. A few quotes marked [ff] are fictional quotes attributed to real people. The most frequently quoted characters are philosopher Tal Yeka, and his daughter, poet Natalia Yeka. There is also a Ukranian commedian named The Last Oligarch, along with his daughter, essayist Vira Federenko. Two other characters of interest are Brazilian astronaut Mario Ng (one of my personal favorite characters of all time) and Explorer/Naturalist Samuel Oliver Marsten - whose "Field Guide" is a major inspiration for young Exander Metro. These are just a few of the many voices in the series. And yes, in a cycle of over a million words, there is room for many voices.

For more about the series, you can follow The Republic of Dreams on Facebook, or the Tumblr roll for The Other Pages. --Steve


- A -
  1. Nothing travels faster than light, with the possible exception of bad news, which follows its own rules.
      - Douglas Adams, English Author (20th/21st Century CE) [D]


  2. There are houses hanging above the stars,
    And stars hung under a sea:
    And a wind from the long blue vault of time
    Waves my curtain for me . . .
    I wait in the dark once more,
    Swung between space and space:
    Before my mirror I lift my hands
    And face my remembered face.
    Is it I who stand in a question here,
    Asking to know my name? . . .
    It is I, yet I know not whither I go,
    Nor why, nor whence I came.
      - Conrad Aiken, American Poet, from "The Evening Song of Senlin" (1918 CE) [M]


  3. See, as the carver carves a rose,
    A wing, a toad, a serpent's eye,
    In cruel granite, to disclose
    The soft things that in hardness lie
      - Conrad Aiken, American Poet, from "The Carver" (20th Century CE) [E]


  4. Yet we would say, this was no man at all,
    But a dream we dreamed, and vividly recall;
    And we are mad to walk in wind and rain
    Hoping to find, somewhere, that dream again.
      - Conrad Aiken , American Poet, from Senlin: A Biography (1918 CE) [X]


  5. The calm unmoving peak of snow-white silence,
    The rocks aflame with ice, the rose-blue sky . . .
    Ghost-like, a cloud descends from twinkling ledges,
    To nod before the dwindling sun and die.
    "Something there is," says Senlin, "in that mountain,
    Something forgotten now, that once I knew . . ."
    We walk before a sun-tipped peak in silence,
    Our shadows descend before us, long and blue.
      - Conrad Aiken, American Poet, from The Morning Song of Senlin (1918 CE) [X]


  6. The moon rose, and the moon set;
    And the stars rushed up and whirled and set;
    And again they swarmed, after a shaft of sunlight;
    And the dark blue dusk closed above him, like an ocean of regret.
      - Conrad Aiken, American Poet, from "The Charnel Rose" (1921 CE) [D]


  7. Those who gave thee a body furnished it with weakness, but he who gave you a soul armed you with resolution. Use it, and be wise.
      - Akhenaten, 14th Dynasty King of Egypt (1400 BCE) - [X]


  8. The Republic of Dreams.
  9. We thought to weep, but sing for joy instead,
    Full of the grateful peace
    That follows her release;
    For nothing but the weary dust lies dead.
      - Louisa May Alcott, American Author and Poet, from "Transfiguration" (1878 CE) [D]


  10. Our past is always with us. Unseen, unheard, it follows us, steering our conscious thoughts and actions in ways we cannot perceive, guiding us, warning us, comforting us. It is a companion that will not desert us, not in the brightest glare of day, or the darkest, coldest night.
      - Alicia Rosa de Alonso [f], Mexican Poet and Philosopher (21st Century CE) - [X]


  11. And the sunset itself on such waves of ether that I just can't comprehend
    Whether it is the end of the day, the end of the world,
    Or the mystery of mysteries in me again.
      - Anna Akhmatova, Russian Poet (1964 CE) - [M]


  12. I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.
      - Dr. Maya Angelou, American Author, Poet and Playwright (20th Century CE) - [X]


  13. And then Fortune, Tyche as the Greeks say,
    Cast her wheel into the sky, Rota Fortunae,
    As a gambler casts the bones, hoping for a good roll,
    But knowing that the result could be anything,
    Truly anything.
      - Anonymous [f], Rome, (1st Century BCE) - [E]


  14. . . . I have spent an eternity with you in the last few hours. I saw possibilities in your eyes that we never had a chance to talk about. You will not remember what happened, or remember me. I will be a ghost to you. There is sadness in that, but joy in knowing you are alive . . .
      - Anonymous [f] Hand-written note, artifact from the Athens Earthquake, Greek Museum of History, Athens (22nd Century CE) [I]


  15. "Give me the place to stand, and I shall move the earth.
      - Archimedes of Syracuse, Greek mathematician and inventor (3rd Century BCE) - [M]


  16. Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.
      - Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor (2nd Century CE) [D]


  17. Death is the final arbiter of all things - of disputes, of fortunes, of power and influence. They say that a great man leaves a long shadow behind. I say that once a man is buried, he cannot see this shadow. Exert your power and influence now. When you are dead, they will avail you nothing.
      - Lazaros Avgis [f], Chairman of the Hellenic Heritage Party (Attributed, 22nd Century CE) - [E]


  18. The control we believe we have is purely illusory; every moment we teeter on chaos and oblivion.
      - Clive Barker, American Author (20th Century CE) [E]


  19. Fractal geometry will make you see everything differently. There is a danger in reading further. You risk the loss of your childhood vision of clouds, forests, flowers, galaxies, leaves, feathers, rocks, mountains, torrents of water, carpet, bricks, and much else besides. Never again will your interpretation of these things be quite the same.
      - Michael Barnsley, Mathematician (2000 CE) [D]


  20. In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.
      - Yogi Berra , American Baseball Icon (20th Century CE) - [X]


  21. To see a World in a Grain of Sand
    And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
    Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
    And Eternity in an hour.
      - William Blake, English poet, artist, and printer, from "Auguries of Innocence" (1803 CE) - [M]


  22. Nature - that is, biological evolution - has not fitted man to any specific environment. On the contrary. He has a rather crude survival kit, and yet - this is the paradox of the human condition - one that fits him to all environments. Among the multitude of animals which scamper, fly, burrow and swim around us, man is the only one who is not locked into his environment. His imagination, his reason, his emotional subtlety and toughness, make it possible for him not to accept the environment but to change it.
      - Jacob Bronowski, Polish mathematician, biologist and historian, from "The Ascent of Man" (1973 CE) - [M]


  23. We make many choices as we transition from childhood into adulthood. These are very formative years. Among the most important choices we make are deciding whom we belong to, and who belongs to us. A sense of purpose, of being needed, of being wanted, of being valued - these are strong drivers and motivators, shaping the person we will become.
      - Dr. Anya Bosrosko [f], American Sociologist (21st Century CE) - [X]


  24. The evening darkens over
    After a day so bright,
    The windcapt waves discover
    That wild will be the night.
      - Robert Bridges, English Poet, from "The Evening Darkens Over" (Late 19th, Early 20th Century CE) [D]


  25. The strangest thing about living on the ocean, on a farm, is that you have no landmarks. The sun and the moon and the stars are all in motion. The current can shift. The winds do whatever they want to do. The waves change from day to day. Clouds and rain come and go. Your only reality is your mooring cable, and the invisible point far below where it is anchored to the ocean floor. You generally never see that point - you just take it on faith that it exists.
      - Watson Sawyer Brown [f], SEAPAC Energy Farmer (2098 CE)[M]


  26. At the bottom of the abyss comes the voice of salvation. The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going to come. At the darkest moment comes the light.
      - Joseph Campbell , American author and comparative mythologist, from "The Power of Myth" (1988 CE)- [M]


  27. Our true reality is in our identity and unity with all life.
      - Joseph Campbell , American author and comparative mythologist (20th Century CE) - [X]


  28. Remember that life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by those moments that take our breath away.
      - George Carlin , American Comedian (20th Century CE) [X]


  29. We are all like chemical species, in a manner of speaking. There are those who are inert to change, and those who can take on many forms. There are catalysts, and inhibitors, and those who can find equilibrium. We are most chemical when we are thrown together under stress, and those things which are most engaging in our natures are thrust to the forefront. What happens as events drive the reaction to its conclusion is at the same time both predictable and unknowable, for in this, as in all things, the laws of chaos rule.
      - Amari Carr [f], South African Chemist and Philosopher ( 21st Century, CE) - [E]


  30. There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.
      - Willa Cather , American Author and Poet (20th Century CE) - [X]


  31. The Hero, tempered by Life and tested by Fate, comprehends mortality but never accepts it, feels pain but never succumbs to it, knows fear but never gives in to it. He is the best of us on our best day. Why? Because that is how the universe made him and that is what we needed him to be. That is what a billion of us needed him to be. And he was all of that, and we are all alive as a result. Mere language cannot express the profound gratitude that we owe, cannot convey our debt, infinite and unpayable.
      - Deja Thorne Carter [f], U.S. President, awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to an empty chair (2178 CE) - [M]


  32. Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.
      - Chanakya, Indian Philosopher (Late 4th, Early 3rd Century BCE) [D]


  33. The family is the test of freedom; because the family is the only thing that the free man makes for himself and by himself.
      - Gilbert K. Chesterton , English Author, Poet, Journalist (early 20th Century CE) - [X]


  34. Mankind has a highly suspect history when it comes to attempts to modify ecosystems physically or biologically. Invasive species have been introduced, water tables have been altered, indiscriminate poisons have been used, and genetic modifications have been carelessly introduced with destructive consequences. How do we improve upon these statistics? By using a different method - one that can gauge the effects of a much wider range of treatments and consequences than ever before, and deliver a precisely targeted solution.
      - Dr. Admete Zoi Christidou [f], from "A Combinatorial Vector Approach for Compromised Ecosystems" (Doctoral Thesis) [W]


  35. Science is a matter of repetition more than simply a matter of discovery. We search not only for the rule, but for the exceptions to that rule. This second quarry can be more elusive, and much more important than the first. It is good that something works, but even more important that we know when it does not work.
      - Dr. Admete Zoi Metro (attributed), American Chemist, (22nd Century CE) [W]


  36. No matter how certain you are of victory, always remember this: things change. You may feel that you have won the Last War and will rule forever. Know this: things change."
      - Clio [f], Greek Activist, from Letters to Kapodistrias, Number 2, 2158 CE [E]


  37. You can either be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It all depends on how you view your life.
      - Paulo Coelho , Brazilian Author (2003 CE) - [X]


  38. Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.
      - Paulo Coelho , Portuguese Author, from The Alchemist (1988 CE) - [X]


  39. Anyone who has lost something they thought was theirs forever finally comes to realize that nothing really belongs to them.
      - - Paulo Coelho, Brazilian Author (2003 CE) [X]


  40. War is eternity jammed into frantic minutes that will fill a lifetime with dreams and nightmares.
      - John Cory, Welsh Collier and Politician (Late 19th, Early 20th Century CE) [D]


  41. From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free.
      - Jacques Yves Cousteau, French Aquanaut and Environmental Advocate (20th Century CE) - [X]


  42. The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds you in its net of wonder forever.
      - Jacques Yves Cousteau, French Aquanaut and Environmental Advocate (20th Century CE) [X]


  43. Acting deals with very delicate emotions. It is not putting up a mask. Each time an actor acts he does not hide; he exposes himself.
      - Rodney Dangerfield, American Comedian (20th Century CE) [D]


  44. So many things in life, as in a story, even small things, are shadows of what comes after. Slivers of fate creeping backward into our earlier lives, begging for attention.
      - Gwendolyn Dark [f], Canadian Novelist (21st Century CE) [D]


  45. The Republic of Dreams.
  46. Golden slumbers kiss your eyes,
    Smiles await you when you rise.
    Sleep pretty wantons, do not cry,
    And I will sing a lullaby;
    Rock them, rock them, lullaby.
      - Thomas Dekker, English author and playwright (16th /17th Century CE) [M]


  47. Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.
      - Charles Dickens, English Author, from "Notebooks" (19th Century CE) [M]


  48. "Hope" is the thing with feathers-
    That perches in the soul-
    And sings the tune without the words-
    And never stops- at all-
      - Emily Dickinson, American Poet (1861 CE) [E]


  49. Slowly the cage was sinking into the depths of the ocean. Light green water turned to dark olive. That again deepened into a wonderful blue, a rich deep blue gradually thickening to a dusky purple. Lower and lower we sank a hundred feet, two hundred feet, three hundred. Slowly the bathymeter needle moved round the luminous dial. Four hundred, five hundred, six hundred. 'How are you?' roared an anxious voice from above us.
      - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, British Author, from The Maracot Deep (1929 CE) [D]


  50. Travel is a luxury denied to most in this age. That is a pity. We learn so much from understanding how others work, play, eat, sleep, and get on with their lives. Infinitely more than a voice or a face on a display screen can convey.
      - Eleanor Fawcett Drost [f], American Senator from Wisconsin [X]


  51. Ere sleep comes down to soothe the weary eyes,
    Which all the day with ceaseless care have sought
    The magic gold which from the seeker flies;
    Ere dreams put on the gown and cap of thought,
    And make the waking world a world of lies,-
    Of lies most palpable, uncouth, forlorn,
    That say life's full of aches and tears and sighs,-
    Oh, how with more than dreams the soul is torn,
    Ere sleep comes down to soothe the weary eyes.
      - Paul Laurence Dunbar, American Poet (1896 CE) [X]


  52. Since knowledge is but sorrow's spy, It is not safe to know.
      - William Durant, American Historian, (20th Century CE) [D]


  53. This is the way the world ends
    This is the way the world ends
    This is the way the world ends
    Not with a bang but a whimper.
      - T.S. Eliot, British-American Poet (1925 CE) [E]


  54. My father was a brilliant man, but his was a sad life. He lost his wife, lost his career, lost his son and his country in The Last War, and lost his direction in life. Some people would be crushed by this. Instead, he became a comedian.
      - Vira Federenko [f], Ukrainian-American Essayist, (21st Century CE) [S]


  55. There are those who are obsessed with symmetry - with evenness and balance - when in truth it is in asymmetry that beauty lies. A perfect circle is only a circle, but an imperfect one is a mystery. It begs for a story of explanation. A history. A tale of what it is and how it got that way. Imperfection is narrative. And yet even in this we yearn for perfection. For the story to come full circle. For karma to have its day. For the cycle to repeat. Such an unrealistic expectation. We are such illogical creatures, we humans.
      - Vira Federenko [f], Ukrainian-American Essayist, (21st Century CE) [S]


  56. It can be a giddy feeling - when everything you have hoped or wished for seems to be coming true. Enjoy the experience, but beware unguarded moments. Your life can change in an instant.
      - Vira Federenko [f], Ukrainian-American Essayist, (21st Century CE) [W]


  57. There are limits to joy, but sadness has no boundaries. Even when you think you have plumbed its deepest depths; you will find that you can go deeper still. It is the most recursive of emotions, and therefore, limitless.
      - Vira Federenko [f], Ukrainian-American Essayist, (21st Century CE) [W]


  58. My father taught me that many of the choices we make in life have profound effects. They ripple forward and outward in time, and can have unexpected consequences. Some of these are obvious - picking sides, choosing a career, taking a stand. Others less so - often the when or the where or the how - but these too can have an impact.
      - Vira Federenko [f], Ukrainian-American Essayist, (21st Century CE) [I]


  59. There is great mystery in buried things. Cities, memories, bones, secrets, treasures. In this century we have learned that water can be the most effective of coveralls, banishing entire nations from sight. If you bring some buried thing back into the light, remember that the object, or thought, or organism you have returned to this world may have repercussions, and even the wisest of us cannot know what they will be beforehand.
      - Vira Federenko [f], Ukrainian-American Essayist, (21st Century CE) [I]


  60. Life is very different from any form of fiction. Biography is not really the same as story. If it appears to be, that is most likely a conceit of the author. Most lives do not follow the arc of a play, neatly divided into acts. Life's ups and downs are not arranged to create a smooth climax and a definitive conclusion. They are random, and that is what most clearly differentiates reality as we wish to see it, from what it actually is.
      - Vira Federenko [f], Ukrainian-American Essayist, (21st Century CE) [I]


  61. If you are an author or a playwright or the developer of a virtual world for gaming or other purposes, what role does magic play, and is it infinite in scope and application, or is it limited and specific? Can anyone do magic, or only a few individuals? Is it the Deus ex Machina of plot devices, or does its use have costs or consequences? And in the imagined universe you have created, how is it found? How is it learned? How is it used? Magic in the real world, in my experience, is a very rare thing, but regardless of how jaded your perspective, I tell you this: when you see it, you will know it.
      - Vira Federenko [f], Ukrainian-American Essayist, (21st Century CE) [I]


  62. Life always turns out differently than you planned.
    Sometimes better, sometimes worse, rarely as we wish it to be.
    Pain however, is always as bad as we imagine.
    Unless it's worse.
      - Vira Federenko [f], Ukrainian-American Essayist, (21st Century CE) [I]


  63. There are some horrors so great, that the mind cannot comprehend why we would walk down the same path again. But we do. Sometimes driven by our emotions, more often through ignorance or arrogance, and on rare occasions, through dire necessity.
      - Vira Federenko [f], Ukrainian-American Essayist, (21st Century CE) [I]


  64. It is always those who have never been to war that have the most opinions about it, always those who have done nothing who brag of the most heroism, always those who have suffered least that claim rights to the reparations. The true hero speaks little. Their energy is spent comforting others, praying that history will choose not to repeat itself, and working to ensure that the next generation will not have to bear the same scars.
      - Vira Federenko [f], Ukrainian-American Essayist, (21st Century CE) [I]


  65. We tug and pull this way and that, trying to influence the direction the future will take, but struggle as we may, the Fates often seem to have some other idea in mind. Can we change fate itself? That is a game in which no one knows the rules. Or, perhaps it is a long and treacherous road where every pitfall is concealed in shadow. Or, perhaps, it is a dance that requires more than two legs. Until we grow a third foot, or find a way of seeing through shadows, or learn how to change the rules of fate, we can do little more than dream. And hope. In all desperate things, in all dark hours, Hope is our one true companion.
      - Vira Federenko [f], Ukrainian-American Essayist, (21st Century CE) [I]


  66. The ethos of a warrior is misunderstood by those who have never had to fight, to endure the desperate moments and fearful hours, the pain and remorse, the utter exhaustion and frantic struggle. War is not glorious. It is the ugliest of all things. A true Republic does not glamorize its warriors. It respects them. It prays for them, and afterwards, it remembers them and cares for them. Every soldier who survives is broken in some way, whether it shows outwardly or not. Any government which glorifies the pain it inflicts on people - its own or others - is misguided at best, and at worst, is a thing run by lunatics.
      - Vira Federenko [f], Ukrainian-American Essayist, (21st Century CE) [I]


  67. Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.
      - Annelise (Anne) Frank, Diarist, Holocaust Victim (20th Century CE) - [X]


  68. Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation.
      - Viktor E. Frankl, Austrian Psychiatrist and Holocaust Survivor (1959 CE) - [M]


  69. There are several ways to get yourself out of a fix. Sometimes you can hunker down and wait things out. Sometimes - not in this part of the world - you can blend in with the population and make your getaway unnoticed. And other times, you just have to run like a bat out of hell and dodge whatever they throw at you.
      - Major Catherine Gil, Unified US Military Intelligence, (22nd Century CE) [E]


  70. Always value anyone who has the power of summation - the ability to concisely size up a situation, and quickly, concisely, tell it like it is.
      - Major Catherine Gil, Unified US Military Intelligence, (22nd Century CE) [I]


  71. Life is pain, highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.
      - William Goldman, American author and playwright, from "The Princess Bride" (1973 CE) [M]


  72. Traditions are the guideposts driven deep in our subconscious minds. The most powerful ones are those we can't even describe, or aren't even aware of.
      - Ellen Goodman, American Journalist and Columnist (Late 20th, Early 21st Century CE) [D]


  73. Grief does not change you. It reveals you.
      - John Green , American Author, from "The Fault in Our Stars" (2012 CE) - [X]


  74. Destiny is something not to be desired and not to be avoided. A mystery not contrary to reason, for it implies that the world, and the course of human history, have meaning.
      - Dag Hammerskjold, Swedish diplomat and second Secretary General of the United Nations, (1964 CE)[M]


  75. If in the long run we are the markers of our own fate, in the short run we are the captives of the ideas we have created.
      - F.A. Hayek, Austrian Economist and Philosopher (20th Century CE) [X]


  76. Storms make the oak grow deeper roots.
      - George Herbert , English Poet, (17th Century CE) - [X]


  77. The Republic of Dreams.
  78. Then Hector comprehended his doom, and said,
    "A bitter death awaits me, it draws near,
    And there will be no escape; Zeus and his son
    Apollo destined that fate for me,
    And now it has found me. But I will not die
    In vain; I will give such a fierce battle
    That my deeds will be celebrated ages from now."
      - from The Iliad of Homer, Book 22 , (9th Century BCE, Trans. E. Metro [f]) - [X]


  79. "Will you walk into my parlour?"" said the Spider to the Fly,
    'Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
    The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
    And I've a many curious things to shew when you are there."
    "Oh no, no," said the little Fly, "to ask me is in vain,
    For who goes up your winding stair
    -can ne'er come down again."
      - Mary Howitt, English Poet, from The Spider and the Fly," (1829) - [E]


  80. All the great voyagers return
    Homeward as on an arc of thought;
    Home like a ruby beacon burns
    As they crest wind, scale wave, soar air;
    All the great voyagers return.
      - Barbara Howes, American Poet, from "The Homecoming" (1954 CE) [D]


  81. Sorrow comes in great waves, but rolls over us, and though it may almost smother us, it leaves us. And we know that if it is strong, we are stronger, inasmuch as it passes and we remain.
      - Henry James, British-American Playwright and Author (19th Century CE) [X]


  82. There is a moment,
    sometimes it is longer than a moment,
    perhaps an hour, a week, a year,
    When all is well,
    the world is fine and at peace,
    All souls are happy and
    all trends are up and
    confidence is high.
    This moment,
    before the rain begins to pelt down,
    before the wind begins to blow,
    before the bad news arrives,
    before the doubt creeps in,
    before you learn that things are not happy after all,
    This moment is an unfair warning
    for what is to come,
    Unfair preparation for things to be,
    for the coming storm.
    I think it is true,
    what the ancient proverb says,
    the ancient Japanese proverb,
    That when all is at peace,
    it is time to tighten your helmet strap,
    For there never is a warning,
    and fairness is an imaginary thing.
      - Lycurgus Jones, [f] Greek-American Poet (21st Century CE) [E]


  83. For there never is a warning,
    And fairness is an imaginary thing.
      - Lycurgus Jones, [f] Greek-American Poet, from Unfair Warning (late 21st Century CE) [D]


  84. Paranoia is an asset. For a soldier, and especially for a spy, it is one of your most powerful allies. Complacency is your mortal enemy. If you feel safe, even for a moment, you risk losing control of your surroundings and letting doubt creep in.
      - Major Jones [f], Director, AADFIA (Late 22nd Century CE) [E]


  85. The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is a reaction, both are transformed.
      - Carl Jung , Swiss Psychiatrist (20th Century CE) - [X]


  86. The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul, which opens to that primeval cosmic night that was soul long before there was conscious ego and will be soul far beyond what a conscious ego could ever reach.
      - Carl Jung, Psychologist, from "The Meaning of Psychology for Modern Man" (1934 CE) [D]


  87. The Young American has shown us what is possible if you fear nothing. He has made a lasting impression upon us, whoever he is. We still do not know his name. His are deeds that epic stories should be made from, as they were once, when the world was a younger place.
      - Leonidas Kalogeros [f], Mayor of Athens, Greece [X]


  88. Elafi! Kripsou! (Deer! Hide!)
    The hunters are coming after you,
    And if they catch up with you,
    There will be nothing you can do;

    Elafi! Kripsou!
    Their claws are closing in on you,
    You better hide your children too,
    There will be nothing we can do;

    Elafi! Kripsou!
    Their teeth will tear right into you,
    And when the wolves are through,
    There will be nothing left of you.

    Agapite! Kripsou! (Dear one! Hide!)
    We will not forget, can not forget,
    What they have done to you,

    Tha thrinisei gia sas! (We will grieve for you!)
    I swear the hunters will regret
    What they have done to you.
      - Xenie Kanena, [f] Songwriter and Vocalist, lyrics from "Kripsou," 2159 CE [E]


  89. It has been said, 'time heals all wounds.' I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.
      - Rose Kennedy , American Philanthropist (20th Century CE) - [X]


  90. War is logistics. Unless you can work magic, it is a matter of having the right forces in the right place at the right time. That's called strategy. Tactics is knowing what to do with them once you have them there, which is often the same thing on a more immediate scale.
      - Beatrix Khang [f], Malaysian Chess Grandmaster (21st Century CE) [X]


  91. Kramnik once said that in chess one cannot control everything. Sometimes a game takes an unexpected turn, in which beauty begins to emerge. Sometimes, however, it turns the other way and the battle devolves into chaos and carnage. Both players try to impose their will, and their competing moves create the evolving pattern of the game. When masters play, beauty in slow motion prevails. When a newcomer enters the field, chaos reigns.
      - Beatrix Khang [f], Malaysian Chess Grandmaster (21st Century CE) [X]


  92. The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
    Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
    Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
    Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.
      - Omar Khayyam, Persian Poet and Astronomer (11th Century CE) [W]


  93. "The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins."
      - Soren Kierkegaard, Danish Philosopher (19th Century CE) [E]


  94. Sometimes it seems as if my entire life has been spent learning how to deal with pain.
      - The King of Dreams [f], (late 22nd Century CE, attributed) - [X]


  95. Today is a day for taking risks.
      - The King of Dreams [f], (late 22nd Century CE, attributed) - [I]


  96. Words have great power, but symbols have even greater power. A martyr is the most powerful of all symbols.
      - Nike Korais, [f] Prime Minister of Greece (22nd Century CE) - [E]


  97. The way you can go is not the real way.
    The name you can say is not the real name.
    Heaven and earth begin in the unnamed:
    name is the mother of the ten thousand things.
      - Lao Tzu, Chinese poet and philosopher (6th Century BCE) - [M]


  98. I'm fixing a hole where the rain gets in
    And stops my mind from wandering
    Where it - will - go -
    I'm filling the cracks that ran through the door
    And kept my mind from wandering
    Where it - will - go -
      - John Lennon and Paul McCartney, British popular music composers and performers, from "Fixing a Hole" (1967 CE) [M]


  99. You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.
      - C.S. Lewis, Professor of Literature, Author and Theologian (20th Century CE) - [E]


  100. Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
      - C.S. Lewis, Professor of Literature, Author and Theologian (20th Century CE) - [X]


  101. To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of Life.
      - LIFE Magazine, Motto (20th Century CE) [I]


  102. Remember: cause and effect may not be closely related in time and space. Much of what you learn in life does not find its true purpose until much later.
      - Merope Lim [f], T'ai chi Master of the School of Spinning Birds (22nd Century CE, attributed) [E]


  103. All darkness is not evil. Metaphors are tools, not absolutes, and in reality, unlike dreams, not everything has a meaning, or, to look at things differently, not everything has a single meaning, a single intent, or an obvious result.
      - Merope Lim [f], T'ai chi Master of the School of Spinning Birds (22nd Century CE, attributed) [E]


  104. Seize the moment. Move with speed and purpose. Always assume that your enemy is as skilled as yourself, and know that he will kill you if he can, and he will act quickly if you do not.
      - Merope Lim [f], T'ai chi Master of the School of Spinning Birds (22nd Century CE, attributed) [E]


  105. Your questions bring responses, and news comes from all quarters, but don't be surprised that the real answer you seek is nowhere to be found.
      - Merope Lim [f], T'ai chi Master of the School of Spinning Birds (22nd Century CE, attributed) [E]


  106. While sometimes we attack, mostly we defend, and sometimes we feint or distract - forcing our opponent to wonder if we have changed strategies and worry that we have found the weakness in their armor. - Merope Lim, T'ai chi Master of the School of Spinning Birds (attributed, 22nd Century CE)
      - Merope Lim [f], T'ai chi Master of the School of Spinning Birds (22nd Century CE, attributed) [E]


  107. We are taught this: that one of the most important things is to recognize an opportunity and seize it. This is true in life, in love, and in war. And if the gods grant us a second chance, a second love, a second life, the burden is upon us to earn it. This is not something that happens often.
      - Merope Lim [f], T'ai chi Master of the School of Spinning Birds (22nd Century CE, attributed) [M]


  108. Remember: cause and effect may not be closely related in time and space. Much of what you learn in life does not find its true application until much later.
      - Merope Lim [f], T'ai chi Master of the School of Spinning Birds (22nd Century CE, attributed) [X]


  109. Prepare for the battle ahead. Even if you do not know what the battle is, Prepare in body and spirit. You will realize it was not time wasted.
      - Merope Lim [f], T'ai chi Master of the School of Spinning Birds (22nd Century CE, attributed) [I]


  110. To have control of the known world - that which we can see, and touch, and hear and taste and feel - many have dreamed of that - but to have mastery over that which cannot be seen or heard, that which does not exist in the physical world, that is a power that few can comprehend, and the price for such mastery - that too is a thing that may be beyond comprehension.
      - Merope Lim [f], T'ai chi Master of the School of Spinning Birds (22nd Century CE, attributed) [I]


  111. All stories have an ending. Everyone can see that. What is much harder to see, is the beginning of the end. The Way, like many of the world's beliefs, suggests that the end of one existence is the doorway to another. Is this true? Then what comes after? That knowledge is hidden to all but a very few, and comes at a great cost.
      - Merope Lim [f], T'ai chi Master of the School of Spinning Birds (22nd Century CE, attributed) [I]


  112. Your enemy, if they are older and more experienced, will expect you to have one of two reactions: fear and hesitation, or reckless risk-taking. Do neither. Defend, and take advantage of your opponent's mistakes. If you are hopelessly outmatched, you must find some weakness you can leverage to good effect. If your opponent has no weaknesses, you are left with finding some way to surprise him, or finding some way to leverage his strengths, or his assumptions, against him.
      - Merope Lim, T'ai chi Master of the School of Spinning Birds (22nd Century CE, attributed)


  113. We have given up our fight. Too many have died in our futile efforts to battle rising waters and violent storms. Our defenses have been breached for the last time, and our last island has been lost beneath the waves. We are homeless and powerless. We must throw ourselves on the mercy of those who have been our tormentors, whose waste and greed and arrogance have turned our homeland into a radioactive Atlantis, submerged forever beneath the sea, lost for all time, or until some power beyond our imagining can lift it into the sun once more.
      - Muriel Loeak [ff], President of the Marshall Islands, from an address to the UN General Assembly (2042 CE) [M]


  114. Labor with what zeal we will,
    Something still remains undone,
    Something uncompleted still
    Waits the rising of the sun.
    Till at length the burden seems
    Greater than our strength can bear,
    Heavy as the weight of dreams
    Pressing on us everywhere.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet, from "Something Left Undone" (1863 CE) - [M]


  115. Suddenly, as if arrested by fear or a feeling of wonder,
    Still she stood, with her colorless lips apart, while a shudder
    Ran through her frame, and, forgotten, the flowerets dropped from her fingers,
    And from her eyes and cheeks the light and bloom of the morning.
    Then there escaped from her lips a cry of such terrible anguish,
    That the dying heard it, and started up from their pillows.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet, from "Evangeline" (1847 CE) - [M]


  116. Choices are the hinges of destiny.
      - Edwin Markham , American Poet (Late 19th early 20th Century CE) [X]


  117. We all need a friend, a companion, a confidant, even if it isn't a human one. Dogs work well, cats less so (they are aloof and indifferent at the best of times). Fish have no ears and most birds have a limited vocabulary for conversation, though they sing well. My best friend has often been a horse. No matter how many dark secrets I told it, it still carried me everywhere, and over time, it seemed to carry me away from trouble rather than towards it.
      - Samuel Oliver Marsten [f], American Naturalist, in "Letters from the Field,"(1907 CE) [W]


  118. Winter is the most difficult season for any explorer - a time when so much is hidden, and so many places are unsafe to navigate. Cabin fever is endemic to the profession. The only cure lies in imagination - in planning your next adventure, and if winter drags on - planning the one after that. And then, when weather finally breaks, off we go again!
      - Samuel Oliver Marsten [f], American Naturalist, in "Letters from the Field,"(1907 CE) [W]


  119. Serendipity is a funny word. It rolls off the tongue with a satisfying blend of assonance and consonance, just as if falls in and out of favor in usage. It is the phenomena of finding things you weren't looking for, but as anyone from Aesop to Edison would freely admit, those who spend their lives looking - with their eyes wide open - find more things than most.
      - Samuel Oliver Marsten [f], American Naturalist, in "Letters from the Field,"(1907 CE) [W]


  120. Sometimes, despite our plans and intentions, unexpected things just happen. My own observation is that the more unexpected they are, the faster they happen.
      - Samuel Oliver Marsten [f], American Naturalist, in "Letters from the Field,"(1907 CE) [W]


  121. Choose wisely when picking a campsite. You never know how long it will be your home. For it is a home. A place of food, and warmth, and shelter, and the flickering glow of firelight battling the infinite darkness that surrounds it.
      - Samuel Oliver Marsten [f], American Naturalist, in "Letters from the Field,"(1907 CE) [W]


  122. I associate different shades of blue with different latitudes as much as different depths. I am told Polynesia has the most beautiful blues on the planet. I have never been there, but I can imagine no more magical, mystical shades than the Caribbean Sea.
      - Samuel Oliver Marsten [f], American Naturalist, in "Letters from the Field,"(1907 CE) [W]


  123. Immerse yourself. Whether out in the field or in a local village or in the midst of a great metropolis, immerse yourself. Learn the places, the people, the foods, the smells, the sounds. Experience its ebbs and flows at different times of the day. Only then can you fully appreciate it and enjoy it. And as an added bonus, it is a place you will always be able to return to. Close your eyes and open your imagination . . . and you are there.
      - Samuel Oliver Marsten [f], American Naturalist, in "Letters from the Field,"(1907 CE) [W]


  124. I love to sail. Sailing is the closest thing to horseback riding that does not involve a horse. The wind and the sea have their own feel, their own rhythm. If you have a sturdy vessel, distance becomes only a matter of time. Sailing among the islands of the Caribbean Sea has always been one of my favorite adventures. I have reveled in the colors of the sea, the varied peoples and wildlife, and the mountainous peaks reaching skyward.
      - Samuel Oliver Marsten [f], American Naturalist, in "Later Ventures,"(1907 CE) [W]


  125. As a naturalist, my lifelong inclination is to explore and record the world around me in minute detail for the benefit of generations who come after. Do I record everything? Actually no. There are gaps. Some secrets I wish to keep for myself. Others are difficult to describe. Still others are so painful, in one way or another, that I'd rather not revisit them in print.
      - Samuel Oliver Marsten [f], American Naturalist, in "Letters from the Field,"(1907 CE) [W]


  126. And on the instant from beyond away
    The long familiar sound, a ship's bell, broke
    The hush below me in the unseen bay.
    Old memories came, that inner prompting spoke.
    And bright above the hedge a seagull's wings
    Flashed and were steady upon empty air.
    "A Power unseen," I cried, "prepares these things;
    Those are her bells, the Wanderer is there."
      - John Masefield, English Poet Laureate, from "The Wanderer" (1916 CE)[M]


  127. If you've heard this story before, don't stop me, because I'd like to hear it again.
      - Groucho Marx, American comedian, actor, and game show host (20th Century CE) [M]


  128. Wake, for it is a new day and
    The questions which vexed you so
    Will have their answers today.

    But do not turn upon me
    When you find that these answers
    Bring forth new questions.
      - Menander, Ancient Greek Poet (4th Century BCE) (Trans: H. Nicolaides, from the Megara Cache, circa 315 BCE) [E]


  129. Time brings the truth to light.
      - Menander, Ancient Greek Poet (4th Century BCE) [E]


  130. Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power. It shrinks and vanishes. You are free.
      - Jim Morrison, American singer and songwriter (20th Century CE)[M]


  131. The Republic of Dreams.
  132. So why
    Spend your sadness now?
    Save it up for me
    On Sunday.
    And why
    Is lonely all you have?
    When love is what you'll find
    On Sunday.
      - Aimee Mann, American singer and songwriter, from "On Sunday" (1986 CE) [M]


  133. I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
    Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
    And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
    And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
      - John Masefield, English Poet Laureate, from "Sea Fever" (1902 CE) [M]


  134. Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.
      - Cormac McCarthy , American Author, from All the Pretty Horses (1992 CE) [D]


  135. Call me Ishmael. Some years ago—never mind how long precisely—having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world.
      - Herman Melville, American author and poet, from "Moby Dick" (1851 CE) [M]


  136. Set forth! Set forth!
    Early arisen
    And distant by sunset.

    Make haste! Make haste!
    Much to see
    And much more to do.

    Rest when your journey is over,
    And life
    Travels on without you.

      - Menander [ff], from the Megara cache, translation by H. Nicolaides, (4th Century BCE) [I]


  137. Alors, c'est la guerre." (Then, it is war.)
      - Ioannis Metaxas, Prime Minister of Greece (1940 CE) [E]


  138. Light may be both wave and particle, but sound, and especially ultrasound, gives us the ability to see things that light cannot, and affect particles in ways light cannot. We can concentrate or distribute energy in surprising ways with sound, and in a dispersed phase of solid particles, gas microbubbles, and liquid, we can do some very interesting things indeed.
      - Costas Daedalus Metro [f], Greek Engineer, Archaeologist and Industrialist, (22nd Century CE) [I]


  139. Every choice we make in life has consequences. There are times when you have no good options, but you must make a decision anyway. Making no decision is also a decision, and sometimes, as history has shown, can be the worst decision of all.
      - Elisavet Metro [f], Secretary General of the United Nations, (early 23rd Century CE) [I]


  140. No data is truly random. Often the things that appear the most random have the simplest and most easily understood pattern, once you realize the type of equation that governs them. These are generally fractal patterns, and are prevalent in nature. There can be structure within chaos. An important point is that even when the statistical odds of a thing happening are very small, those things still happen. Small can be very different from zero. If we wait an infinitely long time, small can be a surprisingly large number.
      - Solon Metro [f], American Statistician, from "Empirical Progressions in Random Data. (22nd Century CE)


  141. If we are always arriving and departing, it is also true that we are eternally anchored. One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.
      - Henry Miller, American Playwright (20th Century CE) [D]


  142. Fingers intertwined,
    we hold each
    other, and the world
      - Nelson Howard Miller, American Educator, Poet and Editor, "Lune XC" (2013 CE)[M]


  143. Tell me, boy, is the wind still rising?
      - Hayao Miyazaki, Japanese Screenwriter and Animator, from "The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu), (2013 CE) [W]


  144. Character is what you are in the dark.
      - Dwight L. Moody , American Evangelist (19th Century CE) - [X]


  145. We are the children of an indifferent universe. Imagine the universe itself as a careless child. What happens when it tires of playing with us? What then?
      - Conrad Moonstone [f], Canadian playwright, from "The Gods Always Cheat at Dice" (2112 CE) [M]


  146. All that you think you know, were it motes of dust, would not fill a teacup.
      - Mura [f], Japanese Philosopher, (2102 CE) [D]


  147. I have observed that goodbye is a difficult word, a painful word, in all languages. It acknowledges that we will be more distant for a time, perhaps forever. In no language does a greeting carry such weight, such permanence.
      - Mura [f], Japanese Philosopher (2113 CE) [D]


  148. A people should never lose sight of the path they have followed, the thresholds they have crossed. Our past, our ancestors, and all of our history, are the bones of which we are built. We cannot disown them. We can try to transcend them. To disavow the past is to ignore all that has been learned and to cast away steps on the path of life that our ancestors earned for us. Honor their sacrifices, for you embody their hopes, their dreams, and all their aspirations.
      - Mura [f], Japanese Philosopher (2125 CE) [D]


  149. Nothing is certain in life. Chaos lurks behind every corner and memory is filled with holes.
      - Noriko Nash, Japanese-American Mathematician (late 21st Century CE) - [E]


  150. Ceremony exists for a reason. The rituals surrounding birth, death, and marriage are the milestones we measure our lives by. I believe they are part of an equation made up of very simple operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication. The pieces may be simple, but the combinations and permutations are infinite.
      - Noriko Nash, Japanese-American Mathematician (late 21st Century CE) - [E]


  151. There are some things that, no matter how hard we try, will not go our way. No matter how hard we work, or wish, or pray. Some call this fate, or bad luck. Some think they are cursed. I even met a woman once who said it is all a consequence of the eternal battle between Life and Death. I am sorry to say, that in my experience, this is merely statistics. It is an aspect of statistics that we do not like, but statistics are neither good, nor bad. They simply are.
      - Noriko Nash, Japanese-American Mathematician (late 21st Century CE) - [E]


  152. My hobbies as a child were solving puzzles and untying knots. I would ask my father to tie the most complex knot he could imagine in a rope or a piece of string, and I would devise the process for unraveling it. My father has passed, so I have now taken on the role of knot-maker and you, all of you, are tasked with unravelling what I have done. There is a trick to it, but I will take that secret to my grave. I would wager that it will take at least a century for someone to crack this puzzle, for all of the processors in all of the data centers that now exist on the planet do not have a fraction of the computational power needed.
      - Noriko Nash, Japanese-American Mathematician (late 21st Century CE) - [E]


  153. Static puzzles are easy. Look for a pattern. Look for a key. Learn about the puzzle maker. Compare them to historical examples. There are many strategies to guide an attack. Dynamic puzzles are a different matter. Does a single driver cause them to change? Or are there confounded causes? Do they progress simply, or do they evolve with time? Are they influenced by the environment? Do they exist only in the real domain? Or must we use transforms from the imaginary domain? A moving target is much harder to hit than one anchored to the earth.
      - Noriko Nash, Japanese-American Mathematician (late 21st Century CE) - [E]


  154. Deception, as a statistical function, is a mathematical equation in which there is both an outer shell of solutions and an inner void of chaos, which itself may contain solutions. Some of these may be in the real domain, but others are purely imaginary - and those, of course, are the interesting ones, for who knows what we might find?
      - Noriko Nash, Japanese-American Mathematician (late 21st Century CE) - [E]


  155. Now you will feel no rain,
    For each of you will be shelter to the other.
    Now you will feel no cold,
    For each of you will be warmth to the other.
    Now there is no more loneliness,
    For each of you will be companion to the other.
    Now you are two bodies,
    But there is only one life before you.
    Go now to your dwelling place
    To enter into the days of your togetherness
    And may your days be good and long upon the earth.
      - Native American (Apache), Wedding Prayer (undated translation) - [D,M]


  156. Being too cautious is the greatest risk of all.
      - Jawaharlal Nehru, first Prime Minister of India (20th Century CE) - [M]


  157. We are as particles in a suspension, seen within a drop of liquid on a microscope slide, subject to Brownian motion that drives us in chaotic, unpredictable ways - unpredictable in the immediate sense, but understandable when averaged over time. Maybe even predictable, in the end. But by the time we begin to understand our lives and the averaging of our experience, we grow old and our time on Earth grows short. My advice, therefore, is not to fight the forces that try to knock you off your perch in life, but to follow where they lead. Take the risk, take the chance, take the lead . . . and take flight.
      - Mario Ng [f], Brazilian Astronaut and last human to orbit the Earth, (21st Century CE) [M]


  158. Loneliness comes with the territory. A true explorer is a solo act, battling the universe on his own. The universe will always try its best to lull you into a false sense of security - make you think you understand what is going on - and make you take risks that you really shouldn't. The universe is not indifferent to life - it's openly hostile to life. Never forget that.
      - Mario Ng [f], Brazilian Astronaut and last human to orbit the Earth, (21st Century CE) [M]


  159. A journey is always in pieces. The sum of the pieces is always greater than the pieces themselves. That is why the word itself has greater connotations. My life has been a journey through time and space. Some of the pieces are becoming cloudy with age, but others are etched into my brain with a clarity that nothing will ever erase.
      - Mario Ng [f], Brazilian Astronaut and last human to orbit the Earth, (21st Century CE) [I]


  160. There are some things we can explain, and some things we can't - Not because we don't understand them, but because words alone cannot convey the experience, the depth of feeling. I have seen things and done things and been places . . . places where no human may ever go again. Fear, exhilaration, wonder - words are a poor substitute for the things themselves.
      - Mario Ng [f], Brazilian Astronaut and last human to orbit the Earth, (21st Century CE) [I]


  161. It takes about 24 Megajoules of energy to put one kilogram into low earth orbit. High orbit requires significantly more. Lunar orbit, even more. Time is also a factor. What to cover astronomical distances quickly? The energy required, and the cost, become astronomical too.
      - Mario Ng [f], Brazilian Astronaut and last human to orbit the Earth, (21st Century CE) [I]


  162. In space, some things happen with agonizing slowness - things described in astronomical terms can happen over years, centuries, eons. Other things happen with incomprehensible speed - and those are the things to be most afraid of.
      - Mario Ng [f], Brazilian Astronaut and last human to orbit the Earth, (21st Century CE) [I]


  163. Art forms connections. It connects us with the past and the future. It connects us with each other as we share the experience. It connects us with the media we use to create it, with the subject, and with the setting. Most of all, art connects us with things we cannot see. Ideas, metaphors, memories, emotions. The best art can make an abstract idea seem more real, or take reality and break it into its most basic pieces. Art that does both of these things well can make us alter our own concept of reality.
      - Constantine Nicolaides, [f] Greek Sculptor, Painter, and Holographer (22nd Century CE) [E]


  164. Sometimes, amidst the sound and the fury, the fortunate may find a separate peace - a place where the winds of war and strife pause, however briefly, so that life can move forward and do those things that life must do to persist in this world. The ancients had fables for this, and we of modern times must also pay homage to the Halcyon days, which seem even fewer now than they were when Ceyx and Alcyone were transformed into birds to protect them from the jealous gods, and Aeolus stilled the winds and the seas so that they could heal, mate, and give birth to the future. This is one of the most beautiful and archetypal of all stories.
      - Dr. Helene Nicolaides, [f] from "Myths for the Modern World" (Lecture series, late 22nd Century CE) [E]


  165. Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.
       - Anais Nin, French author and diarist (20th Century CE) - [M]


  166. Clothing should always be practical and functional with the exception of ceremony. There are times when tradition, symbolism, and their effects outweigh any practical concern.
      - Ellen Noonan [f], Canadian Advice Columnist (22nd Century CE) [D]


  167. The most cynical, and yet, the most prudent of warnings is, I have always thought, 'Be careful what you wish for.' Why? Because every choice has a consequence. Every gift comes with baggage. Lurking behind every joy or desire is dread in one form or another. Power is something never wished for by the knowing, for with power comes one of two inevitable outcomes: corruption of all that we love in life, or crushing responsibility. To walk the narrow margins between these two fates is an art few can master, and one that cannot be sustained indefinitely.
      - Nelion Obanda [f], United Nations Secretary General (22nd Century CE) [I]


  168. How quickly can your world change? In less time than a blink of your eye. Blink again? It changes again. This is why I never blink.
      - The Last Oligarch [f] , Ukrainian Comedian (21st Century CE) [M]


  169. We say the word Family, as in MY FAMILY with an emphasis of certainty, as if it were a static thing. It is not. Families change. There is attrition, sadly, but there is also growth. Like one of the corporations during the Age of Waste, they can grow by acquisition, as if buying a new product line or real-estate investment. But the shrinking, my children, the shrinking is a painful thing. Sometimes we argue, and we do not speak again, though there is always hope that this may change with time. There are also permanent losses. The death of those we held dear. I have spent a lifetime trying to find a shred of humor in this. There is none. I am sorry, I have done it again, but as I have said before, wisdom is a commodity that is also worth the price of admission.
      - The Last Oligarch [f] , Ukrainian Comedian (21st Century CE) [E]


  170. Truth is a strange word. It is seen as an absolute, but it often changes with perspective. Do not confuse truth with facts, or justice, or opinion, especially when it is the opinion of those with financial means. The well-heeled in all lands are ever skilled at steering the truth to be what is advantageous for them. I, myself, do not like the rich. That is why the tickets for my performance are always so cheap. In truth, I get a better class of audience.
      - The Last Oligarch [f] , Ukrainian Comedian (21st Century CE) [E]


  171. I like foreshadowing in a story. Hints about the future and how things end. Unless they are bad things. Then I’d rather not know.
      - The Last Oligarch [f] , Ukrainian Comedian (21st Century CE) [E]


  172. Money corrupts? Really? Who would have guessed? But a little money in the bank, or in a sock, or under the mattress, or hidden in a hole in the back yard is not a bad thing. It is a thing that will be useful to have. At least, if they are still using the same currency tomorrow and have not switched back to seashells, tulips, or goats.
      - The Last Oligarch [f] , Ukrainian Comedian (21st Century CE) [E]


  173. A wise man, much wiser than me, once said that the only thing we learn from history is that we don't learn anything from history. Not true. We learn metaphors. Lessons of what not to do. Do not draw a line in the sand. Do not underestimate greed as a motivation, though it pales next to the desire for revenge. Do not hesitate to go back on your word, if you can admit it was a stupid word to start with. But also, do not set your hopes on the impossible. Hope is a fragile thing, and against an immovable object, it can dash itself to pieces. I am sorry my friends, there is no humor in this, but there is truth. If I cannot make you smile tonight, maybe at least I can make you wiser. That, too, is worth the price of a ticket.
      - The Last Oligarch [f] , Ukrainian Comedian (21st Century CE) [X]


  174. A journey of sixteen-hundred kilometers begins with a single step. No, wait, that's not true. It begins with planning. Without planning, I seriously doubt you'd make it sixteen-hundred kilometers. Without planning I wouldn't even make it to the corner shwarma stand. I'm told that this sounded much more poetic before the metric system was universally adopted.
      - The Last Oligarch [f], Ukrainian Comedian (2049 CE) [D]


  175. A wedding is a strange and confusing thing. People put more planning into this one event than they do into the things that will sustain them for the rest of their lives. Perhaps that is because it is about their families more than themselves. For some families, the event culminates a financial merger. For others it is a clash of cultures. For still others, it is a jockeying for position in the new hierarchy. Anxiety is not just for the bride and groom. There is enough to go around for everyone.
      - The Last Oligarch [f], Ukrainian Comedian (21st Century CE) [D]


  176. We may never pass this way again, or we may, and wish we hadn't, or we may get stuck here, reliving the same nightmare endlessly, or we may pass by and find that this reality is gone, replaced by an empty hillside, beneath which lie the ghosts of our past. Or we could turn left instead.
      - The Last Oligarch [f], Ukrainian Comedian (2046 CE) [D]


  177. I don't recommend this for everything, but there are times - not many, admittedly, when a child needs to slap some sense into their patents. Children, be forewarned, they may slap back. Make sure you know how to duck.
      - The Last Oligarch [f], Ukrainian Comedian (2046 CE) [W]


  178. I dislike things that take a long time. I have a solution for this. I can not make things happen faster, but over the years I have taught myself to be easily distracted. If I can be distracted enough, it seems I am making progress. This works unless I look in the mirror. The lines on my face, and the grey hairs in my beard are a truth that cannot be hidden, as is the passing of friends and loved ones from this world to the next. Blin! I have done it again. Turned laughter into tears. Yet once again, my children, this sad wisdom is also worth the price of admission.
      - The Last Oligarch [f], Ukranian Comedian, (21st Century CE) [I]


  179. There are two kinds of insurance. The kind that reimburses you when something bad happens, and the kind that prevents bad things from happening. The first kind is expensive. The second kind can be very, very expensive. I am a poor man. Expensive is not in my usual vocabulary, so instead I have friends. And for the things one cannot expect from friends, there is family. Family is the best insurance of all. Especially when the problems will be of your own creation.
      - The Last Oligarch [f], Ukrainian Comedian (21st Century CE) [I]


  180. There will come a time when all of those around you are faced with doubt and uncertainty, are confused and directionless, are afraid and distrustful. And there will come a time when they will look at you and say, "Now what? Where do we go from here?" There is no ready answer for this, my friends. Each day is a new country we live in. We must make it up as we go.
      - The Last Oligarch [f], Ukrainian Comedian (21st Century CE) [I]


  181. My father taught me an ancient Japanese proverb that says, "when the battle is won, and victory is at hand, it is time to tighten your helmet strap for the next battle." Like so many things he has taught me, I have learned that it is true, and learned it all too soon.
      - Keiko Yoshi Ono [f], (23rd Century CE, attributed) [I]


  182. The Way of the Fist, as we practice it, as it was taught to me by my father, is a defensive art. The key thing is to be prepared, and be ready to defend against your opponent's attack, then look for weaknesses in his next move. This shows us when, and how, to counter-attack.
      - Keiko Yoshi Ono [f], (23rd Century CE, attributed) [I]


  183. What we remember from childhood we remember forever - permanent ghosts, stamped, inked, imprinted, eternally seen.
      - Cynthia Ozick, American author and essayist (20th Century CE) [M]


  184. We have bridged the seas once more with a lifeline that makes commercial cargo and passenger transportation possible again. Not on the level that was possible before the War, but on a practical, sustainable level. Today I dedicate Mid-Ocean Three, our newest and largest platform, as a hub for air and sea transportation. Please join me in thanking and congratulating the brave men and women who have built this floating island, and in welcoming the SEAPAC associates who will be making this their new home.
      - Emory K. Page [f], second Executive Director of SEAPAC, MO3 Dedication Ceremony (2078 CE) [M]


  185. The statue of Athena is upright, with a tunic reaching to the feet, and on her breast the head of Medusa is worked in ivory. She holds a statue of Nike in one hand, and in the other hand a spear; at her feet lies a shield and near the spear is a serpent. This serpent would be Erichthonios. On the base of the statue the birth of Pandora has been fashioned. Hesiod and others have told how this Pandora was the first woman; before Pandora was born there was as yet no womankind.
      - Pausanius , Greek Geographer (2nd Century CE) - [X]


  186. Do I like what I do? Yes. As an auton I was designed by my creators for this life, and I am suited to it in a way that a human could never be, despite the fact that my predecessors were quite skilled individuals.
      - Penelope [f], Autonomous Underwater Archaeologist, (interview, 22nd Century CE) [I]


  187. Please tell me where,
        Where do we go from here?
    I do not know,
      What is the answer?
    Please tell me where,
      Where do we go from here?
    I need an answer,
      To my small question.
      - Winston Edward "Gypsy" Peters, Calypsonian, performing at Dimanche Gras (1985 CE) [M]


  188. The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
      - Eden Phillpotts, English Author, Poet and Playwright (Early 20th Century CE) [D]


  189. All that we see or seem
    Is but a dream within a dream.
      - Edgar Allan Poe, American author and poet, from "A Dream within a Dream" (1849 CE) [M]


  190. Take this kiss upon the brow!
    And, in parting from you now,
    Thus much let me avow --
    You are not wrong, who deem
    That my days have been a dream;
    Yet if Hope has flown away
    In a night, or in a day,
    In a vision, or in none,
    Is it therefore the less gone?
    All that we see or seem
    Is but a dream within a dream.
      - Edgar Allan Poe, American author and poet, from "A Dream within a Dream" (1849 CE) [E]


  191. Everything has a past. Everything - a person, an object, a word - everything. If you don't know the past, you can't understand the present and plan properly for the future.
      - Chaim Potok , American Author, from Davita's Harp (1985 CE) [X]


  192. The loss of Eden is personally experienced by every one of us as we leave the wonder and magic and also the pains and terrors of childhood.
      - Dennis Potter , English screenwriter and journalist (20th Century CE) - [X]


  193. So you want to be a scientist?. Fine. Go study politics. Why? Because at some point in your career, somebody is going to stand up in front of you and tell you what they think you shouldn't be allowed to do - and be forewarned, facts and logic will fail miserably against emotions and appeals to ethos when it comes to dealing with the public. Be forewarned and forearmed. Study politics.
      - Lata Prasad [f], West Indian Educator, (21st Century CE) [W]


  194. Don't stand back and watch the world go by. Be a doer. Step forward and find something to be your cause in life. Something that has meaning, something that makes life better for those around you. When you leave this world, make sure there is some mark left behind. Something - or someone - that you can be proud of.
      - Lata Prasad [f], West Indian Educator, (21st Century CE) [W]


  195. Safety is an illusion. We cannot bestow it upon our children. We can, however, give them the tools that they need to deal with most of the dangers that surround them. As parents, it is frustrating that there are no guarantees in life, no magic charm to ward off evil, no talisman against fate.
      - Lata Prasad [f], West Indian Educator, 21st Century CE [W]


  196. As we raise our children, they raise us, and teach us, and train us, and make us fit parents. And then, there comes a time, when we have learned enough that we can sit back and observe without speaking, and marvel at the echo of ourselves that has been created before our eyes. At once the same, and yet different, as the echo has rebounded from all the world's hard surfaces, and reshaped itself in ways both familiar and strange to us, in a cycle that has been repeated since the dawn of time, and will repeat until infinity.
      - Lata Prasad [f], West Indian Educator (2130 CE) [D]


  197. Scientists focus on control: they introduce a single new variable into a well-understood environment and observe how the organism responds. The reverse problem is much more complex: what happens when an organism with unknown variables is introduced into a new environment?
      - Lata Prasad [f], West Indian Educator (2130 CE) [W]


  198. It is important to teach the next generation about the past. Not just the good parts. Everything. Children need to understand that the problems they face are not new. Someone has been there before, fighting the same fight, suffering the same pain, dealing with the same uncertainties.
      - Lata Prasad [f], West Indian Educator (22nd Century CE) [I]


  199. Our country, and our people, have made good choices for the most part, with the exception of the period during the Last War when we had run out of oil money and made a bargain with the company whose name we no longer speak aloud. It is a sobering realization when you learn that you have made a deal with the devil.
      - Lata Prasad [f], West Indian Educator (22nd Century CE) [I]


  200. For fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
    Distrustful sense with modest caution speaks,
    It still looks home, and short excursions makes;
    But rattling nonsense in full volleys breaks
    And never shock'd, and never turn'd aside,
    Bursts out, resistless, with a thund'ring tide.
      - Alexander Pope, English Poet (18th Century CE) [W]


  201. The ethos of a people is not the same as their culture, language or history - though these things are certainly contributors - rather it is the summation of what they have endured and what they can become - of their suffering and aspirations. These two things, more than any others, define the character of a people, as they do the mettle of a person.
      - Moses Henry Robeson [f], Professor of History, University of Virginia, (22nd century CE) [E]


  202. Those with polarized views tend to color their thinking with words that imply certainty. Immovable objects. Irresistible forces. Obviousness. Inevitability. These things are constructs. History teaches us that there is always a counter argument. The game-changer. The overlooked detail. Force Majeur. Shifting loyalties. The wild card. Unintended consequences. There is only one thing for certain in these encounters: when an irresistible force does meet an immovable object, you should make every effort to be somewhere else. History is a painful thing for those who make it, and often a dangerous thing for those who stand too close.
      - Moses Henry Robeson [f], Professor of History, University of Virginia, (22nd century CE) [E]


  203. Espionage has always been among the most dangerous of professions, and yet it is one of the most indispensable. Unless you truly know your enemy, your own plans are always at risk.
      - Moses Henry Robeson [f], Professor of History, University of Virginia, (22nd century CE) [E]


  204. As a historian, one of the ideas that we toy with from time to time is the concept of inevitability. When is the arc of history an obvious thing, and when is it truly shrouded in mystery? Change happens either through active agents, or through the accumulated weight of opinion and influence. Either of these two means can overcome tremendous opposition, but the variable here is time. Accumulation is a slow process, but the right change agent is like a magical cure. Applied in the right place at the right time - it can save a patient that the doctors have long given up on.
      - Moses Henry Robeson [f], Professor of History, University of Virginia, (22nd century CE) [E]


  205. It is rare that the people who truly change the world live to tell about it. I knew a woman once who caused a revolution and lived to tell about it. How long did she live? I can't tell you that part.
      - Moses Henry Robeson [f], Professor of History, University of Virginia, (22nd century CE) [W]


  206. It is unconscionable, and almost inconceivable, the number of disasters that the Age of Waste and Greed created and left unresolved for future generations: And when the seas rose, they pretended that so many of those missteps and excesses, now hidden from sight, no longer existed. What a dastardly legacy to leave behind for your children, and your children's children. And here we are, a century later, and I can state with certainty that we still don't know the full tally of what dangers lurk beneath the risen waters, or when they will eventually come to light.
      - Moses Henry Robeson [f], Professor of History, University of Virginia, (22nd century CE) [I]


  207. Does the road wind up-hill all the way?
    Yes, to the very end.
      - Christina Rossetti, English Poet, from "Up-Hill" (19th Century CE) - [M,W]


  208. Yet come to me in dreams, that I may live
    My life again tho' cold in death:
    Come back to me in dreams, that I may give
    Pulse for pulse, breath for breath:
    Speak low, lean low,
    As long ago, my love, how long ago.
      - Christina Rossetti, English Poet, from "Echo" (19th Century CE) - [M]


  209. We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust.
      - Rumi, Poet and Mystic (13th Century BCE) [D]


  210. You are responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.
      - Antoine de Saint-Exupery , French Author and Aviator (20th Century CE) - [X]


  211. The Republic of Dreams.
  212. Rule number one is 'don't panic.' Respiration and heartbeat are all-important. After that, blood supply and body temperature. Then mitigation and stabilization. Focus on the big things. The little things - you'll have plenty of time to ask for help. But if you sever an arm in a gearbox or puncture a lung, you have to know what to do. Remember, you are largely on your own out there. You may have neighbors, if you're lucky, but it's unlikely that they'll be close enough to do you any good if something major happens. Basic first aid is not what to do for a cut or a scrape, it's what to do if you lose a hand or an eye. Sorry to be so morbid so soon after breakfast, but that's how life is sometimes.
      - Darnell Saunders, MD [f], from "SEAPAC First Aid, Level III for Farm Operators" (undated lecture) - [M]


  213. To save all we must risk all.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller , German Philosopher, 18th Century CE) - [X]


  214. What's past is prologue, and what comes next
    Is up to you and me.
  215. To save all we must risk all.
      - William Shakespeare, from "The Tempest" (1611 CE), Mosely Common English Translation (2100 CE) - [M]


  216. By the pricking of my thumbs,
    Something wicked this way comes.
      - William Shakespeare, from "Macbeth," Act IV scene 1 (1606 CE), Mosely Common English Translation (2100 CE) - [M]


  217. I met a traveler from an antique land
    Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
    Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
    Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
    And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
    Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
    Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
    The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
    And on the pedestal these words appear:
    'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
    Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'
    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
    The lone and level sands stretch far away.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley, English Poet, (1817 CE) - [E]


  218. There is no armor against fate.
      - James Shirley, English Playwright (17th Century CE) - [X]


  219. And your children will inherit
    The unrest of the wind,
    They shall seek some face elusive,
    And some land they never find.

    Where the wind is loud, they sighing
    Go with hearts unsatisfied,
    For some joy beyond remembrance,
    For some memory denied.

    And all your children's children,
    They cannot sleep or rest,
    When the wind is out in Erinn
    And the sun is in the west.
      - Dora Sigerson Shorter, Irish Poet (1907 CE) - [E]


  220. A successful agent is someone who understands their options, comprehends the risks being taken, and is prepared to face the consequences. That said, it is also true that things can go sideways on you. Sometimes there is a wildcard in the mix, so I have always felt that a certain amount of luck is involved.
      - Admiral Augusts Simmons [f], Director, U.S. A.D.F.I.A. (22nd Century CE) [M]


  221. We spend our days trying to understand why things are as they are. Digging up the past, grappling with the unknown, delving into dark places, taking absurd risks - hoping to find some way to deal with the unanswerable questions that rule our existence.
      - Admiral Augusts Simmons [f], Director, U.S. A.D.F.I.A. (22nd Century CE) [D]


  222. Important things in life - those things with true value - are not won in an instant, or in any single engagement. They require commitment - vigilance, focused attention, and repeated attempts. They do not happen by themselves. Often they come only after a prolonged struggle.
      - Admiral Augusts Simmons [f], Director, U.S. A.D.F.I.A. (22nd Century CE) [I]


  223. And so the Fates decree that we must part from each other,
    And so they decide we shall meet never more,
    And when I die, it is your face that will fill my memory,
    And when I die, I will dream of seeing you again in my next life.
      - Nathan Skylark [f], excerpt from "A Letter from Theo" (circa 1835 CE) Translated from the original Greek by Helene Nicolaides (2150 CE) - [M]


  224. I see two brothers working the vineyards,
    They toil and sweat and move as one.
    Matched they are, as two mirrors;
    Or as sea reflecting the setting sun.
      - Nathan Skylark [f], English Poet (19th Century CE) - [X]


  225. Your eyes, like a ship's prism, illuminate the darkness,
    Spreading light into the world that lies lingering below,
    And when you turn away, and leave me in loneliness,
    I am spellbound, still, by their afterglow.
                          ~~~~~~~~~~
    I see in you beauty made real, in human form, with an angel's wings,
    I am drawn to you, my heart is my compass, towards you, always, it swings.
      - Nathan Skylark , excerpts from "Song for Athina" (circa 1835 CE, Translated from the original Greek by E. S. Metro, 2175 CE) [X]


  226. While fair is fair and Fate is Fate
    And never time does hesitate,
    Nor slow its swiftly flying hours,
    Nor let us keep what should be ours.
    Yet Love is harbour, passing fair,
    All flowing locks of golden hair;
    A fete of joy that ends too soon,
    A captive of the waning moon;
    A klew of guidance, dearly prized,
    Without we wander otherwise.
    A lodestone in the chambered room,
    Which draws from cradle to the tomb;
    It binds our hopes and fears and dreams
    With thinly basted, fragile seams.
    And so we sail our little way,
    And so it is at end of day,
    That fair is fair and Fate is Fate
    And sad it is but true my love,
    That one knows naught of the other.
                          ~~~~~~~~~~
    If fair is fair and Fate is Fate
    Then surely we must celebrate,
    And search for perfect golden hours
    Where Beauty shows her subtle powers
    In sunlit skies too blue to bear,
    In cries of joy that fill the air,
    In garden walks abloom at noon,
    And crystal skies beneath the moon.
                          ~~~~~~~~~~
    As firelight fades in morning skies,
    We grow impatient, growing wise.
    And fight we will, and yet we fail,
    The wind lies stolen from our sails,
    For all too soon it's true my love,
    All we can do is rue my love,
    As in the end all lovers know,
    The gods have ever made it so:
    That fair is fair and Fate is Fate
    And sad it is but true my love,
    That one knows naught of the other.

      - Nathan Skylark [f], excerpt from "Solace," (circa 1834 CE) [X]


  227. Own only what you can carry with you: know language, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.
      - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian Author, Historian, Dissident (20th Century CE) - [X]


  228. I came up with the idea for my final Carnival after watching the experiments of another artist, a young boy actually. I wanted to find some way to translate the physical world into something closer to the dreams that underlie our ideas.
      - Loo Song [f], National Artist of Trinidad and Tobago, Costume Designer, Dramatist (22nd Century CE) [W]


  229. Everything I create is based on my country - its wildlife, its people, its culture, the sky, the sea, and its dramatic landforms. Overlaying this first layer, this foundation, is the idea that all these things are animate - they are alive or aware in some way. It may be a way that we can understand, or it may be wholly incomprehensible to us. I spend my days wandering among spirits of the past and future, unable to see them, but wondering how their existence affects mine.
      - Loo Song [f], National Artist of Trinidad and Tobago, Costume Designer, Dramatist (22nd Century CE) [W]


  230. There are mysteries which men can only guess at, which age by age they may solve only in part.
      - Bram Stoker, Irish Novelist, (19th Century CE) [D]


  231. The purpose of myth is to point to the horizon and to point back to ourselves: This is who we are; this is where we came from; and this is where we're going. And a lot of Western society over the last century has lost that concept. We have become aimless wanderers.
      - J. Michael Straczynski, American Author and Producer (21st Century CE) [D]


  232. The phenomenon of music is given to us with the sole purpose of establishing an order in things, including, and particularly, the co-ordination between man and time.
      - Igor Stravinsky, Russian Composer and Conductor, (20th Century CE) [D]


  233. The hand of Carnival was at my door,
    I listened to its knocking, and sped down:
    Faith was forgotten, Duty led no more:
    I heard a wonton revelry in the town;
    The Carnival ran in my veins like fire!
      - Muriel Stuart, English Poet, from "Christ at Carnival" (20th Century CE) [W]


  234. It's easier to fool a hundred thousand people than just one.
      - Viktor Taransky (character) [f], from the film "S1mOne" (2002 CE) [M]


  235. For every gift there is a price. The greater the gift, the greater its cost. Knowledge is the greatest gift of all, and the costliest, and often the most painful.
      - Lewelli Atao Tasina [f], Director of Instruction, SEAPAC Academy Six, Republic of Dreams (22nd Century CE) [I]


  236. In our belief system, there is a price for all good things, and that price must be paid before we can have the thing itself: Sadness is the cost of joy. We must suffer through a night of storms to behold the daybreak. We must scavenge for food so that we can eat and live. Of all things, knowledge has the highest cost. It is considered a powerful gift, but as with all things of power, there is a great cost associated with it.
      - Lewelli Atao Tasina [f], Director of Instruction, SEAPAC Academy Six, Republic of Dreams (22nd Century CE) [E]


  237. The odds of being struck by lightning are one in 516,000. It used to much lower, about one in 700,000, but the world has become a more dangerous place. The odds of being struck twice are one in. 2.6*10^11. This is generalized, of course. If you live outdoors the odds are higher. I once met a man who was struck three times. That's one in 1.37*10^17. He told me the story of a boy who had been struck five times. His odds: one in 3.66*10^28. How unlucky was he? How improbable is that? I'd like to tell you, but I don't know anything to compare it to. Perhaps if you counted all of the grains of sand on all the beaches of the world, or all of the blades of grass, or all of the waves in the ocean, you'd be in the ballpark.
      - Emil Tasson [f], Canadian Climatologist (22nd Century CE) [X]


  238. There's really no such thing as a good time to say goodbye.
      - Janet Enarson Taylor [f], Adventurer (23rd Century CE) [I]


  239. The four main islands are named for the Sun, Moon, Stars, and Wind, the four things that have been our constant companions as our people have lived upon the waters for the last century. Of course, hunger was also our constant companion for most of those years, but who would wish to live on the Island of Hunger?
      - Maeva Karorina Teaiwa [f], First Prime Minister of the Republic of Dreams, 22nd Century CE [M]


  240. Our nation's highest award, Defender of the Republic of Dreams, is given to those who have selflessly risked their lives to protect our people in times of great peril. It has been my honor to present this award to the living and the dead, and to one who was neither living nor dead. For the sake of my people, I wish never to have this honor again.
      - Maeva Karorina Teaiwa [f], First Prime Minister of the Republic of Dreams, 22nd Century CE [D]


  241. And many skies have covered me,
    And many winds have blown me forth,
    And I have loved the green, bright north,
    And I have loved the cold, sweet sea.
    But what to me are north and south,
    And what the lure of many lands,
    Since you have learned to catch my hands
    And lay a kiss upon my mouth.
      - Sara Teasdale, American poet, from "The Wanderer" (1911 CE) [M]


  242. When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.
      - Tecumseh, Shawnee Chief and Leader of the Confederated Tribes (Late 18th, Early 19th Century CE) [D]


  243. Live your life so that the fear of death can never enter your heart.
      - Tecumseh, Shawnee Tribal Chief (late 19th / early 19th Century CE) [D]


  244. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
      - Dylan Thomas, Welsh Poet (1951 CE) [E]


  245. I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet a success unexpected in common hours. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost: That is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
      - Henry David Thoreau , American Author, poet and philosopher, from "Walden" (1854 CE) - [M]


  246. It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
      - Henry David Thoreau , American Author, poet, and philosopher (19th Century CE) - [X]


  247. Not all those who wander are lost.
      - J.R.R. Tolkien, English Theologian and Author, from The Fellowship of the Ring (1954 CE) [W]


  248. We learn the rope of life by untying its knots.
      - Jean Toomer, American Author and Playwright (20th Century CE) [D]


  249. There is in life only one moment and in eternity only one. It is so brief that it is represented by the fleeting of a luminous mote through the thin ray of sunlight - and it is visible but a fraction of a second. The moments that proceeded it have been lived, are forgotten and are without value; the moments that have not been lived have no existence and will have no value except in the moment that each shall be lived. While you are asleep you are dead; and whether you stay dead an hour or a billion years, the time to you is the same.
      - Mark Twain, American author and satirist, from Notebooks (1896 CE) [M]


  250. Wheresoever she was, there was Eden.
      - Mark Twain, American author and satirist, from "Adam's Diary" (19th Century CE) [M]


  251. Botrops Asper (common names: fer-de-lance, barba amarilla): a venomous pit viper species ranging from southern Mexico to northern South America. Sometimes referred to as the "ultimate pit viper", these snakes are found in a wide range of lowland habitats, often near human habitations. It is considered the most dangerous snake in Costa Rica, responsible for 46% of all bites and 30% of all hospitalized cases.
      - Taken from the UN Biodiversity Global Species Survey [ff] (undated) - [M]
  252. Security, to a large extent, is an illusion.
      - Aariadne Vallas [f], SEAPAC Director of Emergency Planning (Late 22nd Century CE) [E]


  253. Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why.
      - Kurt Vonnegut , American Author (20th Century CE) - [X]


  254. The command of a naval vessel is a responsibility unlike any other, with the possible exception of parenting. I will never have children, but thousands of men and women have served aboard the vessels I have commanded, and thousands more have been rescued or defended from harm. If I claim some small fraction of parentage for all the above, I must then ask myself have I been a good parent? I cannot answer that yet. I only know that the names of every crewman I have ever lost are etched in my brain. It is a short list, considering the battles we have been through, but as any parent would understand, brevity does not make it any less painful.
      - Wilma Rogers Wainwright [f], Captain, of the USS Warwick, (interview, 21st Century CE) [I]


  255. If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.
      - Orson Welles, American actor, screenwriter and director (20th Century CE) [M]


  256. Tell me, son, you ever been dead before? More than once, maybe?
      - Edward Whitearrow [f], Shoshone Wrangler (attributed, 22nd Century CE) [W]


  257. What are those of the known but to ascend and enter the Unknown?
    And what are those of life but for Death?
      - Walt Whitman, American Poet, from "Portals" (19th Century CE) [D]


  258. There are some men who spend their lives obsessing over the pointless, absorbed in the purposeless, uttering inane stupidities that no one needs to hear. And then there are some, at the other end of reality, whose very presence changes the lives of everyone they come near, whose life is a tangible presence, and whose every word has a purpose, an intent, and an effect.
      - William Howard WiIliams [f], Australian Foreign Minister (21st Century CE) [D]


  259. We tell lies when we are afraid - afraid of what we don't know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us. But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger.
      - Tad Williams, American Author (Late 20th, early 21st Century CE) [D]


  260. Time is the longest distance between two places
      - Tennessee Williams , American Playwright, from The Glass Menagerie (1944 CE) - [X]


  261. Prose is not poetry, but good prose can come close sometimes.
      - Edwin Winston Wilson [f], West Indian Educator (21st Century CE) - [E]


  262. All children should experience at least some period in their lives - even if it is brief - in which they learn the meaning of freedom - not because they are told what it means - but because they have lived it. Happiness may mean security and a sense of belonging for some, but for others, freedom is the key. If they have never tasted freedom, they will never know true happiness.
      - Edwin Winston Wilson [f], West Indian Educator, in "Exploring Life" (2043 CE) - [W]


  263. Trinidadians are found scattered throughout the major cosmopolitan cities of the world, particularly those of the former Commonwealth countries, in small to moderate numbers. Tobagonians are not. They are just as literate (if not more so), just as educated (if not more so) and often well-travelled, conversant, and thoughtful individuals. However, when you are born in paradise, and leave it, it draws you back like a magnet.
      - Edwin Winston Wilson [f], West Indian Educator, (21st Century CE) - [W]


  264. The Golden Calabash, the climax of Peter Minshall's River Trilogy, performed at the 1985 CE Port-of-Spain Carnival, while controversial at the time, is now considered one of the most striking theatrical allegories of the struggle between light and darkness ever performed. Not until Loo Song's Mas of Ages did any other performance rival it for sheer impact to the art and culture of a nation.
      - Edwin Winston Wilson [f], West Indian Educator, (21st Century CE) - [W]


  265. The sudden transition from the nation-wide pandemonium that is Carnival to the somber dawn of Ash Wednesday is a sobering transition - even for those who don't drink a drop.
      - Edwin Winston Wilson [f], West Indian Educator, (21st Century CE) - [W]


  266. Family and friendships are the best medicine for nearly everything. That, and time.
      - Edwin Winston Wilson [f], West Indian Educator, (21st Century CE) - [W]


  267. There is only one true Trinidad. Once you have lived there, you will always carry some part of it with you, no matter where you travel in the world. Citizens of our nation, no matter how long they stay away, always long for home, and always carry our peculiarities of language and culture with them.
      - Edwin Winston Wilson [f], West Indian Educator, (21st Century CE) - [W]


  268. Through hollow lands and hilly lands,
    I will find out where she has gone,
    And kiss her lips and take her hands;
    And walk among long dappled grass,
    And pluck till time and times are done
    The silver apples of the moon,
    The golden apples of the sun.
      - William Butler Yeats,, Irish Poet and Playwright, from "The Song of Wandering Aengus" (1899 CE) [M]


  269. O body swayed to music, O brightening glance,
    How can we know the dancer from the dance?
      - William Butler Yeats,, Irish Poet and Playwright, from "Among School Children" (1928 CE) [D]


  270. Life is not measured in a currency of coffee spoons.
    Its best moments cannot be tallied or traded, sold or sullied.
    They are treasures, to have and to hold, to save and to savor,
    And most treasured of all, without caveat or condition
    Are those moments shared by two, that truly, terrifyingly,
    Take our breath away, and leave something singular in its place,
    Something timeless that binds us until death finds us,
    And then, perhaps, it binds us still.
      - Natalia Yeka [f] , from "My Father's Lessons" (2160 CE) - [M]


  271. Have we not all wished,
    Sometime in our lives,
    To travel back home
    And re-live again,
    If only for the briefest of moments,
    The place where we began
    Our lonely journey
    Through life and space,
    Wondering if we
    Misunderstood or
    Misplaced or
    Misread or simply
    Lost somehow
    The One Essential Thing that
    Finally reveals
    Our purpose in life?
    That explains how we
    Became who and what
    We are today?
      - Natalia Yeka [f] , American Poet (22nd Century CE) - [E]


  272. I once knew a woman -
    calm, patient, hard-working -
    who lived a quiet life.

    And then she found a cause -
    ardent, insistent, mercurial -
    quiet was forgotten.

    She went back one day -
    to home, friends, family -
    a stranger in a foreign land.
      - Natalia Yeka [f] , American Poet (22nd Century CE) - [E]


  273. "Marry me."
    "Why?"
    "Because I have grown accustomed
    To the curve of your lips,
    To the cadence of your breathing,
    To the peal of your laughter,
    To the whisper of your sighs,
    To the freedom of your thoughts,

    And I can imagine
    No future
    Without the sound of your voice,
    Without the caress of your fingertips,
    Without the sparkle of your eyes,
    Without the wisdom of your counsel,
    Without your hand
    Clasped in mine."
      - Natalia Yeka [f] , American Poet (22nd Century CE) - [E]


  274. What are the sweetest of dreams? For me they have always been the dreams that venture into the past and let me relive moments, revisit places, and be with the people I have loved. Often, they are places and people that no longer exist. There is sadness in this, but somehow that only makes them sweeter to me.
      - Natalia Yeka [f] , American Poet (22nd Century CE) - [E]


  275. Ignore the rumblings in the earth at your peril.
    There is death in the wind.
    If you cannot sense its approach,
    I can.
      - Natalia Yeka [f] , American Poet (22nd Century CE) - [X]


  276. On Cape Sounion the sea, the sky, the earth, and the history and beliefs of mankind meet at a single point. It is one of the most spiritual places on the planet, a place where sunrise, sunset, and the wheeling stars overhead weave a sense of timelessness like few other places I have seen on this earth.
      - Natalia Yeka [f], American Poet (22nd Century CE) - [X]


  277. The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
        Said one with promises to keep,
    Yet turn away from paved streets,
        And all you know or think you know,
            And learn it isn't so.

    The woods are wild, the paths are steep,
        Be mindful that what's dark is deep;
    And whispers on the wind can teach
        A wisdom lost from human speech
            Millennia ago.

    Some promises are hard to keep,
        And answers hide just out of reach,
    And Death can stalk your dreams in sleep,
        And places still you shouldn't go,
            And things once learned you can't un-know,

      - Natalia Yeka [f], American Poet, (22nd Century CE) [W]


  278. Explorer, Wanderer, Defender,
        Tell me what you fear.
    Dreamer, Builder, Artist, Teacher,
        Tell me what you fear.
    Child of the wind, and the sea, and the sky,
        Tell me what you fear,
    And I will tell you the mettle
        From which you are made.

    For my part, I fear only
        The lingering shadow of regret,
    Elemental forces beyond all control,
        Ignorance allied with arrogance,
    The inescapable depths of madness,
        And the lumbering spectre of Death
    Creeping up on my sleeping form
        In the hollow hours of night.

    How compare my fears to yours?
        Are they greater, or lesser,
    Or have you added mine to yours?
        If so, all of your math is wrong.
    Fears do not add,
        They multiply.

    In truth, I lied at the outset,
        For above all else I fear
    The unnamed thing I cannot see or hear
        That lingers, menacingly, beyond awareness,
    And is yet
        To show its face.
      - Natalia Yeka [f], American Poet, (22nd Century CE) [W]


  279. Every place you have lived becomes a part of you. Especially for a child. The more you interact with your surroundings, the more intimate the relationship becomes. Over time it shapes your memory and your concept of home. As you grow older, the places you experience in youth become the things you long for in a home, and in your sense of self. When you find that place again, or something like it, you have a sense of connectedness, of belonging. Some people spend a lifetime wandering, yearning to find that feeling again.
      - Natalia Yeka [f], American Poet, (22nd Century CE) [W]


  280. Everything I have ever written, or will ever write, is about memory in one way or another. My father taught me many things, but one of the most important to understand is this: We live in the house that memory builds for us. The windows may be open, but the walls are stone - they cannot be ignored. We do not get to choose what they keep out, and what they let in.
      - Natalia Yeka [f], American Poet [f], (22nd Century CE) [D]


  281. There are times, rare times, when we set reason aside
    And allow wonder to wash over us, immerse us, envelop us,
    And become that which we never imagined,
    But must be.
      - Natalia Yeka [f], American Poet, (22nd Century CE) [D]


  282. For some, there is safety in dreams. For others, especially those who have led a turbulent life ‒ one filled with violence, uncertainty, loss, suffering ‒ the past is a minefield littered with fears that can bubble to the surface in an instant. Some have found refuge in guided dreaming, and for my own part I can say there is some safety there. A soft, reassuring voice in the darkness can be an anchor, a lodestone that draws us away from the horrors of our lives.
      - Natalia Yeka [f], American Poet, from "Thoughts Anoard the Tyche" (22nd Century CE) [W]


  283. We watch, we wait, and we wonder,
    But mostly we seem to be living under
    A haze of doubt and uncertainty
    Clouding what the future will be.
      - Natalia Yeka [f], American Poet, (22nd Century CE) [W]


  284. Sometimes it seems as if the universe itself conspires to expose our most painful secrets.
      - Natalia Yeka [f], American Poet, (22nd Century CE) [W]


  285. I did not meet the man of my dreams until relatively late in life. If I had met him earlier, when I was young, would I still have become a poet? Or something else altogether?
      - Natalya Yeka [f], American Poet (22nd Century CE) [I]


  286. If we look backwards at our lives from the vantage point of the here and now, how many words do we need to sum up our lives? Think of this as the Epitaph Quiz. It is something I learned from my father. He taught me that, in the end, only two things matter: that we have done some good in the world, and that our children know that we love them. I have no children, so I have tried my best to leave the world a better place than I found it.
      - Natalia Yeka [f], American Poet, (22nd Century CE) [I]


  287. Grief and sadness have no expiry date. We can revisit their memories a day, a week, a year, decades later, and they are still fresh, still painful
      - Natalia Yeka [f], American Poet, (22nd Century CE) [I]


  288. "Have we said it all, you and I? Then it's time for us to go."
    "Go where?" You ask of me. "You've forgotten," I reply,
    As sadly often now I do, but rarely did of old.

    We were sailors once and soldiers, masters of land and sea,
    But time and tide have worn us down from what we used to be.
    Belabored is our breathing now, and shorter is our stride,
    We may not be what once we were, but still we must take sides.

    Before our view is stolen by the pennies on our eyes,
    As warriors we will stand again in answer to the call,
    We will fight while still we can, and win what must be won.
    And long full long when we are gone, our songs will still be sung.
      - Natalia Yeka [f], American Poet, Teleiosame? [Are we done?] (22nd Century CE) [I]


  289. Wonder is
    To search for a lifetime
    To strive and seek,
    And finally
    As time snows white crowns
    On I and thee,
    To find what the child in us
    Knew was hidden
    From our adult selves,
    A thing that was there
    All of the time,
    Patiently,
    Waiting for our return
    To the dreams that had escaped us.
      - Natalia Yeka [f], American Poet, (22nd Century CE) [I]


  290. Into the fire
    We fly, we fly,
    Into the flames
    And then beyond,
    For nothing of great worth
    Is ever won
    Easily, Easily,
    So into the fire
    And then beyond.
      - Natalia Yeka [f], American Poet, (22nd Century CE) [I]


  291. All journeys eventually come to an end. Perhaps it is the end we have been hoping for. Perhaps it is the end we have been fearing. Perhaps It is something completely unexpected.
      - Natalia Yeka [f], American Poet, (22nd Century CE) [I]


  292. Some things we master over the course of a lifetime;
        Some we must learn in an instant.
    Some things have a sense of logic;
        Some follow their own rules.
    Whatever you learn, practice Always.
        Always. Always.
    Practice until you know it intimately,
        Forwards and backwards, inside and out.
    Ensure that the knowledge, the skill,
        And the instinct that calls upon them,
    Is ever ready, ever swift, ever sharp,
        And ever proof against the dangers
    And the demons, and the dark,
        And all those things that lurk
    And wait patiently to catch us
        Unready, unawares,
    In our unguarded moments.
      - Natalia Yeka [f], American Poet, (22nd Century CE) [I]


  293. I once met a woman,
        A very dangerous woman,
    Who knew how to turn
        A spark into flame,
    And fan the flames into
        A conflagration.
    A very dangerous woman.
        But there may come a time
    When Danger is what you want,
        And what you need.
    When that time comes, call me.
        I know a woman.
      - Natalia Yeka [f], American Poet, (22nd Century CE) [I]


  294. Children, you will have to make many decisions in your life. Those choices, in turn, for good or ill, make you what you are. The more difficult the choice, the more it becomes a part of you. The choices that deal with life and death - these will define you.
      - Tal Yeka [f] , American Philosopher (22nd Century CE) - [E]


  295. You can outrun Fate for a time. A day, a week, a month, a year. But Fate has long legs. You will tire, and it will catch you in the end.
      - Tal Yeka [f] , American Philosopher (22nd Century CE) - [E]


  296. Many a would-be revolutionary has second thoughts when daylight and sobriety arrive. The search for truth has consequences, painful ones. That does not mean we should not search, but perhaps it is best not to search alone. Even the most brilliant among us cannot foresee all possible outcomes.
      - Tal Yeka [f] , American Philosopher (22nd Century CE) - [E]


  297. We cannot hold together a thing that is bent upon flinging itself apart. The balance of centripetal and centrifugal forces is a construct of Physics. In the human universe, there is no such balance. Flux is the undeniable nature of life.
      - Tal Yeka [f] , American Philosopher (22nd Century CE) - [E]


  298. Fate finds us all eventually. How we face him in our last hours - and what choices we make - that is the final test of character.
      - Tal Yeka [f] , American Philosopher (22nd Century CE) - [E]


  299. Children grow like weeds. This is an old saying, yes? What is a weed? Is it something you do not want? Is it something you do not like? In this instance, it means that it is a thing that will grow quickly and thrive despite the harshness of its environment. No matter how many times you root it up, and pull at it, and tear at it - it will strive to find what it needs - the soil lodged in a crack in the pavement, the moisture in the morning dew, a few hours of sunlight to draw energy. This is what it means. Now that I have said it, it is obvious, yes?
      - Tal Yeka [f] , American Philosopher (22nd Century CE) - [E]


  300. Trust in your instincts - no matter that there is no rhyme or reason why. Trust them to the very end. This was Emerson's advice, and I have heard none better.
      - Tal Yeka [f] , American Philosopher (22nd Century CE) - [M]


  301. Some people innately know who they are and what they must do in life. We are attracted to these people, and the energy that radiates from them, and the sense of purpose that enfolds their actions on this earth.
      - Tal Yeka [f] , American Philosopher (22nd Century CE) - [X]


  302. We are immersed in our own lives, and they are everything to us, but distance places things in perspective. From someone else's eyes, we are seen in context, and that gives us definition and shows us our limitations. Are we bounded by hard edges, or can we grow and expand, becoming more than we imagined possible? And then there is Heisenberg's postulate - what influence does the observer have on the observed?
      - Tal Yeka [f] , American Philosopher (22nd Century CE) - [X]


  303. A sailboat is a vehicle, not of transport, but of mindset. It is a relationship, and a place, and a thing (sometimes a personified thing) that takes us from one state of mind to another. It can bind two souls together in ways they cannot conceive of until afterwards. Its journeys are as much about inner discovery, as they are about distance traveled.
      - Tal Yeka [f] , American Philosopher (22nd Century CE) - [X]


  304. There are days when life moves at a frantic pace, and days when we must sit and wait. I try my best to make the waiting productive. My daughter the poet is much better at this. As I have grown older I have become impatient, as I was in my youth, afraid that life will pass me by should my attention wander.
      - Tal Yeka [f], American Philosopher, (22nd Century CE) [W]


  305. An irresistible force is usually a smug and self-satisfied thing until it meets an immovable object. In the battle of metaphors the rock wins against all comers. Except time. Time is the one irresistible force we all fall prey to, no matter how solid our self-confidence. It brings all faults and fissures into view, revealing what we thought safely hidden.
      - Tal Yeka [f], American Philosopher, (22nd Century CE) [W]


  306. We try our best to be good parents. We worry and fret, nurture and encourage, show patience and understanding, but sometimes, despite our best intentions, we come to a point where our nerves wear thin, and we reach the shouting stage.
      - Tal Yeka [f], American Philosopher, 22nd Century CE [W]


  307. All things come to pass, then pass on, if not into nothingness, then at least into something else beyond our vision, beyond our ken. All parting is sadness, because life teaches us that what goes away might never come back. Some things, some people, we say goodbye to, knowing full well that they, or we, will never return. But it is also true that they never leave us entirely. Somewhere, attached to some stanchion in the deepest recesses of our brains, some memory, some souvenir, always remains.
      - Tal Yeka [f], American Philosopher (22nd Century CE) [W]


  308. The world reveres Da Vinci for his art and ingenuity, rarely remembering that many of his inventions were macabre machines for slaughtering people, devised for the Medicis and Borgias, who also employed Machiavelli. Is this a lesson that everyone has a dark side? No, it is a lesson in the value of concealing your secrets. Da Vinci wrote all of his notes in backward cursive medieval Italian. How do you hide your skeletons?
      - Tal Yeka [f], American Philosopher, (22nd Century CE) [W]


  309. As children, we all learn the difference between good and bad, between right and wrong. As we grow into adulthood, we try to convince ourselves that this black-and-white philosophy is really a continuum - a spectrum made up of many shades of gray. Somewhere in that spectrum we all draw a line that defines our own boundaries - the line that we will not cross. And then we are forced into difficult choices and the line moves. And in very dark times, the line disappears, and we do what we must, hoping that someday we will shift back towards the light. If you have not experienced this, you are fortunate, but Fortune is the most fickle of all the ancient gods. Your time will come. Where will you draw the line? What will you be willing to risk?
      - Tal Yeka [f], American Philosopher, (22nd Century CE) [E]


  310. There will come a time in everyone’s lives when their luck runs out. Plan ahead. Find a landing spot. Bad fortune may not be the end of the road. Perhaps it signals a necessary career change we would not have made without a push or a shove.
      - Tal Yeka [f], American Philosopher, (22nd Century CE) [E]


  311. Do not expect your sons and daughters to exit University as they went in. They entered as children. They exit as new members of the adult species, so filed with regurgitated knowledge that, despite their education, they act as if they are the first discoverers of everything. It will take at least another decade before they begin to appreciate the wisdom of their parents, and another two or three before they comprehend the hell that their parents went through in life. For the lucky parents who live long enough, empathy is the reward, unless you outlive your own children. That is a hell of a different kind.
      - Tal Yeka [f], American Philosopher, (22nd Century CE) [E]


  312. As we travel through life, preparations are all-important. Over a century and a half ago, Covey said that if he had four hours to chop down a tree, he would spend three sharpening the ax. Me? I would spend an hour making sure it was the right tree and another hour to find an ax-sharpener. That leaves me one hour to sharpen the ax and one more to find someone else to do the work. Or perhaps decree that the tree is a thing of beauty and should be left alone. When one is prepared one has options - sometimes options that would not be apparent otherwise.
      - Tal Yeka [f], American Philosopher, (22nd Century CE) [E]


  313. We are surrounded by magic. Is not every living thing magical? And not just the living things. There is more magic in a brick, a teardrop, a loaf of bread, or a snowflake than we can imagine. The chemistry, the physics, the biology, the thermodynamics. So much is required to create any real thing and give it the properties that make it unique. Imaginary things are easier. My daughter once spent a day watching me try to imagine a sock into existence. ‘Why a sock?’ she asked me. My answer: They are constantly disappearing. Re-materialization should be easy for them, unless . . . ‘Unless what?’ She asked. Unless they don’t mate for life after all. Until my sock returns, I think I will contemplate clouds.”
      - Tal Yeka [f], American Philosopher, (22nd Century CE) [E]


  314. We are voyagers again, we humans. In the Age of Waste, we lost our concept of space and time, as rapid travel and overpopulation made the world seem smaller, more crowded, more homogeneous. In some ways, we now bear more resemblance to, and feel more kinship with, our ancient forebears than our recent ancestors - appreciating the things that the intervening centuries chose to forget or to ignore.
      - Tal Yeka [f], American Philosopher, (22nd Century CE) [E]


  315. It is a simple question, and yet it is not so simple: What are you bringing to your new life? This is a question common to explorers, wanderers, refugees, and yes, newlyweds the world over. The question is not just what you carry in your hands, but what you carry in your heart. Is it a test and a trial, or is it an adventure? And what will you discover about yourself in the process? My advice is this: bring patience, and a sense of curiosity. These two things above all else.
      - Tal Yeka [f], American Philosopher, (22nd Century CE) [I]


  316. Life will turn on you, and twist on you, like the gnarled root of some ancient tree. To you this seems a deviation from where you wish to be. In reality, life is preparing you for what lies ahead. Each pivot grows strength in a new direction. Yes, it can be a painful process, but tell me, which is harder to pull out, the nail or the screw? Twine your tendrils around the rocks and the clay in your life, and hold tight.
      - Tal Yeka [f], American Philosopher, (22nd Century CE) [I]


  317. To see things as they really are and not as we wish or fear them to be, that is the hardest won of all gifts.
      - Tal Yeka [f], American Philosopher, (22nd Century CE) [I]


  318. Kipling said "He travels fastest who travels alone," and there is truth in that, unless the problems that impede your progress are the kind of problems that cannot be solved alone.
      - Tal Yeka [f], American Philosopher, (22nd Century CE) [I]


  319. The future is always the greatest of mysteries, but the past can sometimes be a mystery as well. Things are not always as we remember them. Is that a defect of memory? Is our brain running out of storage space? Or is it a way the mind has of shielding us from painful things? Maybe it is simply how we humans deal with what we cannot comprehend.
      - Tal Yeka [f], American Philosopher, (22nd Century CE) [I]


  320. The art of seeking is highly valued. Almost as valued as the luck of finding. Both become easier if we know what we are looking for, but sometimes we do not know. And yet, sometimes, we find it still.
      - Tal Yeka [f], American Philosopher, (22nd Century CE) [I]


  321. The true magic of photography was not the ability to record momentous events or spread news to the illiterate or convey the experience of travel, but the ability to freeze an image of life, so that at some future time and place, long after they have turned to dust, the person in the photo could live again in thought and in memory.
      - Tal Yeka [f], American Philosopher, (22nd Century CE) [I]


  322. If we are to lay our cards upon the table, now is the time, and this is the place.
      - Tal Yeka [f], American Philosopher, (22nd Century CE) [I]


  323. Nietzsche posed that, "that which does not kill us, makes us stronger," but that is only true in a mental sense, and it is not universally true. There are all too many things that can kill us, and even if they don't, the physical scars can last a lifetime. The mental scars fade with memory, but that, too, may take a lifetime.
      - Tal Yeka [f], American Philosopher, (22nd Century CE) [W]


  324. It is a great frustration when you come to a point in life where you realize that two things you have thought to be mutually exclusive can, in defiance of all logic, exist at the same time. Or, conversely, that something can be found in a time and a place where it cannot possibly exist. Yet it does. How do we rationalize this? The answer is, we can't. Is it a fatal flaw in our worldview? Or has some shadow of unreality crept out of our dreams and into our conscious minds? I have no answer for this.
      - Tal Yeka [f], American Philosopher (22nd Century CE) [I]


  325. The motion picture industry spent seventy years making films that recycled the horrors of the Second World War to take advantage of the public's tendency toward voyeurism, and to use the extreme atrocities of the Nazis as a plot device, necessitating the heroes to do horrific things for such a righteous cause that they were nonetheless heroic. By common consent there were no entertainments created about the calamities of The Last War because the pain of it was so deep, the emotions so wrenching, the suffering so widespread, that all we wanted to do was ensure there would never be another one. And there were millions upon millions of stories, both tragic and heroic, that could never be told because there was no one left to tell them.
      - Tal Yeka [f], American Philosopher (22nd Century CE) [I]


  326. You cannot step in the same river twice, for you are not the same person, and it is not the same river. Heraclitus said this half a millennia BCE, and it is as true now as then. It will be true as long as water flows across this planet, and as long as humankind exists.
      - Tal Yeka [f], American Philosopher, (22nd Century CE) [I]


  327. In any people who have struggled, who have been abused or mistreated, persecuted or subjugated, marginalized or enslaved, and who have escaped death, there is a defiant streak. It is not stubbornness, or anything so simple. It is an awareness that they have survived great pain and great suffering, and the knowledge that they will survive it again, and perhaps a vision and a confidence that, someday, they will outlast their torment, and their tormentors. Those who have lived through such things also comprehend the value of life, all life, in a way that others cannot.
      - Tal Yeka [f], American Philosopher, (22nd Century CE) [I]


  328. To stand facing the unknown in desperate times, that is the deepest root of fear. But to have my comrades beside me, and know that our cause is necessary and just, that is the anchor that builds hope, and gives us the resolve to do impossible things.
      - Tal Yeka [f], American Philosopher, (22nd Century CE) [I]


  329. There is often no clear indication of when one thing ends and another begins. As human beings, that may be a limitation of our ability to perceive the world around us. What you see or experience may have been growing or changing or evolving for some time. It may be that the accelerating rate of change makes something visible to you, or there is some triggering event that brings realization, or you, yourself, may have simply reached a point where you have evolved enough to understand something that was previously incomprehensible to you.
      - Tal Yeka [f], American Philosopher, (22nd Century CE) [I]


  330. How do you change the future? It is a simple question of leverage. Anyone can do that. You can change your own trajectory easily enough. To change the present - that takes great fortitude, great power, or great influence, and being in a place and time in which the force you apply can have a multiplying effect. To change the past - not just restate it or hide it from memory, but to truly change the past - not even Archimedes himself could imagine such a lever, or devise a fulcrum on which to ground it.
      - Tal Yeka [f], American Philosopher, (22nd Century CE) [I]


  331. Much time has passed since the Last War, but still we do not speak of the unspeakable. Perhaps at some point we should, to ensure the Last remains the last, to ensure that we never again find ourselves so unprepared to deal with what lies ahead.
      - Tal Yeka [f], American Philosopher, (22nd Century CE) [I]


  332. Sometimes, when we are in the moment, when we are in greatest need, the answer comes to us, fully formed, ready to be acted upon. You have been told this, or heard people say this of their heroic deeds, yes? In truth this can happen only because, in other moments, in other circumstances, the thought has come to them in some form, and prepared them for that moment, for that need. Is this a coincidence of statistics, or divine intervention? Let the philosophists commence their arguments.
      - Tal Yeka [f], American Philosopher, (22nd Century CE) [I]


  333. The path through hell is distressingly narrow, the line agonizingly straight, the impediments manifold, and the destination uncertain. Still we try, for that is all that there is, and this is how we are made.
      - Tal Yeka [f], American Philosopher, (22nd Century CE) [W]


  334. Mankind is a pitifully over-proud creature, puffing and bragging about his accomplishments or creations, which, on a planetary scale, are miniscule, unless we tally instead the damage to the planet. Why am I a person of faith? Because simply trying to comprehend a universe of infinite size and infinite time scale is infinitely far beyond my abilities. What we cannot understand, we can only look upon with awe and wonder.
      - Tal Yeka [f], American Philosopher, (22nd Century CE) [I]


  335. It must be time. I have run out of things to say..
      - Tal Yeka [f], American Philosopher, (22nd Century CE, Attributed) [I]


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