"Nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff. Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-your-chair-can't-control-yourself love it. When people call people nerds, mostly what they're saying is 'You like stuff.' Which is not a good insult at all. Like, 'You are too excited about the miracle of human consciousness.'"
"Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitter steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place."
"Atheists I know who proudly wear the badge are active atheists. They're like in-your-face atheist. They want to change policies and they're having debates. I don't have the time, the interest, or the energy to do any of that. I'm a scientist. I'm an educator. My goal is to get people thinking straight in the first place. To get you to be curious about the natural world. That's what I'm about."