"Here we are a year after 20 elementary school children were literally blown to pieces in their classrooms. And the president stood there a few days later and said, 'I will take action.' And here we are a year later and absolutely nothing has been done. Nothing. No background checks brought in, no ban on assault weapons, no ban on high capacity magazines. Nobody in Washington has done anything to try and prevent this from happening again."
"I have a rendezvous with Death
At some disputed barricade,
When Spring comes back with rustling shade
And apple-blossoms fill the air--
I have a rendezvous with Death
When Spring brings back blue days and fair.
It may be he shall take my hand
And lead me into his dark land
And close my eyes and quench my breath--
It may be I shall pass him still.
I have a rendezvous with Death
On some scarred slope of battered hill,
When Spring comes round again this year
And the first meadow-flowers appear.
God knows 'twere better to be deep
Pillowed in silk and scented down,
Where love throbs out in blissful sleep,
Pulse nigh to pulse, and breath to breath,
Where hushed awakenings are dear...
But I've a rendezvous with Death
At midnight in some flaming town,
When Spring trips north again this year,
And I to my pledged word am true,
I shall not fail that rendezvous."
"The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light."
"If we raise the minimum wage and forced McDonalds and Walmart to pay their employees enough to eat, we the tax-payers wouldn't have to pick up the slack. This is the question the Right has to answer: Do you want smaller government with less handouts or do you want a low minimum wage? Because you cannot have both. If Colonel Sanders isn't going to pay the lady behind the counter enough to live on, then Uncle Sam has to. And I for one am getting a little tired of helping highly profitable companies pay their workers."
"This is such bullshit. Do they have a whole farm system? Do they have websites? Show me the country that has the Christian fundamentalist training camp where they're on the monkey bars. This is just not the same. Look, I'm no fuckin Catholic or Christian, but one is herpes and one is cancer."
"The three delightful children who are everything to me and who are my only chance at even a glimpse of a second life, let alone an immortal one. And I'll tell something, if I was told to sacrifice them to prove my devotion to God, if I was told to do what all monotheists are told to do and admire the man who said, 'Yes, I'll gut my kid to show my love of God.', I'd say, 'No, fuck you.'"
"Let's say that the consensus is that our species, we being the higher primates, homo sapiens, has been on the planet for at least one-hundred thousand years. In order to be Christian, you have to believe that for ninety-eight thousand years, our species suffered and died, most of its children dying in childbirth, most other people having a life expectancy of about twenty-five, dying of their teeth. Famine, struggle, bitterness, war, suffering, misery. All of that for ninety-eight thousand years. Heaven watches it with complete indifference. And then two thousand years ago thinks that's enough of that, it's time to intervene. The best way to do this would be by condemning someone to a human sacrifice somewhere in the less literate parts of the middle east. Let's not appear to the Chinese, for example, where people can read and study evidence and have a civilization. Let's go to the desert and have another revelation there. This is nonsense. It can't be believed by a thinking person."
"You know, it is curious. In the Gospels, the Devil is doing all sorts of things. He’s making pigs run off cliffs, he’s possessing people and whatnot. And that doesn't happen very much anymore. It’s because he’s smart. What he’s doing now is getting people not to believe in him or in God. He’s much more successful that way."
"We went to the Moon, and we discovered Earth. I claim we discovered Earth for the first time. How does that affect culture? I got a list! The instant that photo comes out, THAT is the identifying cover picture of The Whole Earth Catalog, thinking about Earth as a whole. Not as a place where nations war, as a whole. 1970: The Comprehensive Clean Air Act is passed. Earth Day was birthed March, 1970. The Environmental Protection Agency was founded in 1970. The organization Doctors Without Borders in 1971. Where do you even get that phrase from?! No one thought of that phrase before that photo was published. Because every globe in your classroom has countries painted on it. DDT got banned in 1972. We're still going to the Moon; we're still looking back to Earth. Clean Water Act, 1971. 1972: Endangered Species Act, the catalytic converted gets put in in 1973, unleaded gas, 1973. We're still at war in Vietnam, there's still campus unrest, yet we found the time to start thinking about Earth."
"The photo of Earth rising over the lunar landscape, we all know it: 'Earthrise Over the Moon.' There was Earth, seen not as the mapmaker would have you identify it. No, the countries were not color-coded with boundaries; it was seen as nature intended it to be viewed. Oceans, land, clouds. We went to the Moon, and we discovered Earth."
"We need to look at NASA, not as a handout, but as an investment. Because, as goes the health of space fairing ambitions, so too goes the spiritual, the emotional, the intellectual, the creative, and the economic ambitions of a nation. So goes the future of America."
"If you give a clever kid just one wish, he'll wish for 10 more wishes. I'm that clever kid. If you ask me what my greatest invention is, I'd say it's more inventors, thousands of them, tens of thousands of them. It's FIRST."
"The more you focus, the more that focus becomes a habit. So, willpower is like a muscle, right? It's this muscle that you can build up, and it gets tired, but the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets. The same is true of our ability to focus. The more you practice focusing, the easier focusing becomes. And so the other answer for procrastination is, don't beat up on yourself. Let yourself practice going longer and longer and longer without taking a five-minute break to check Facebook because after three or four weeks, after three or four months you'll be able to sustain focus much longer, but the key is, you can't change everything overnight."
"The more you focus, the more that focus becomes a habit. So, willpower is like a muscle, right? It's this muscle that you can build up, and it gets tired, but the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets. The same is true of our ability to focus. The more you practice focusing, the easier focusing becomes."