Always do what you are afraid to do. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Somewhere something incredible is waiting to be known. — Carl Sagan

No matter how cynical you become, it’s never enough to keep up. — Lily Tomlin

Patriotism is rooted in humility. Nationalism is rooted in arrogance. — Dan Rather, What Unites Us

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. — Arthur Ashe

However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light. — Stanley Kubrick

He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals. — Immanual Kant

One has to decide whether one’s fears or one’s hopes are what should matter most. — Atul Gawande, Being Mortal

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change. — Stephen Hawking

Evolution is a theory. It is also a fact. And facts and theories are different things, not rungs in a hierarchy of increasing certainty. Facts are the world’s data. Theories are structures of ideas that explain and interpret facts. — Stephen Jay Gould, evolutionary biologist

By every measure, life will be better when human satisfaction and need are no longer built upon the foundation of animal cruelty. Indefensible practices will no longer need defending. — Wayne Pacelle, HSUS President

It’s a little brunky, but the low humidity affects that. — Hobbes

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts. — Bertrand Russell

A dog can never tell you what she knows from the smells of the world, but you know, watching her, that you know almost nothing. — Mary Oliver

I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road. — Stephen Hawking

We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature. — Henry David Thoreau

Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups. — George Carlin

And that’s all history is really…just one damn thing after another. — Unknown

Please spay or neuter your pets — and other people’s too, if you can get away with it. — Me

From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it’s different. Consider again that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives.

The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every ‘superstar,’ every ‘supreme leader,’ every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. — my favorite part of Carl Sagan’s speech about The Pale Blue dot

To laugh often and much. To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children. To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends. To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others. To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, then don’t go to war. – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

That’s the good thing about science: It’s true whether or not you believe in it. That’s why it works. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” — Theodore Roosevelt

We spend some $600 billion a year on defense, more than the next 10 countries combined. Yet, we are the only major country that does not guarantee health care for all; we have the highest rate of childhood poverty in the industrialized world and college is unaffordable for millions. Maybe it’s time to get our priorities right. — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

She is tired, and tired of the voices that are sometimes visions — marmosets whose eyelids are sewn shut with thick waxed thread…tired of knowing when a rabbit is blinded to improve the scouring power of a popular oven cleaner. — Amy Hempel. Story: At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom. The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.  — Anonymous

I put a dollar in a change machine. Nothing changed. — George Carlin

Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children. — Alex Haley