"This has always happened. We just finished a show on the Spanish-American War era, and Teddy Roosevelt is trying to tell people in the U.S. Congress who keep bringing up The Constitution, 'That might have been fine in the age of sail, but we live in the age of steam now. And all of a sudden Europe isn't that far away. And these oceans aren't protecting us as much as they used to.'
We've been dealing with that pretty much since minute one. So I think you can make that argument, 'We're in the age of drones now.' Either they're timeless and they're human rights and you're born with them, or as soon as things get dangerous enough, they're gone."
"If you want to know the scientific basis of atheism, you wanna talk to Richard Dawkins. If you want the historical and philosophical breakdown, you wanna talk to Sam Harris. If you want a modern day global feel of atheism, you talk to Christopher Hitchens. If you want a psychological breakdown of atheism, you talk to Daniel Dennett. If you want an atheist who dropped his cock in a blow-dryer, you talk to Penn Jillette."
"A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason."
"Well then, remember to take those little vacations into yourself. Whatever you do, don't be troubled or anxious, but be free, and look at things like a man, a human being, a citizen, a part of the creation that must die. Chief among the thoughts close at hand, keep these two: first, that nothing outside the mind can disturb it - trouble comes from the mind's opinion of what lies outside it; and second, that everything you now see will change in a moment and soon be no more. Can you even begin to count the changes you have already witnessed?
This world is change; this life, opinion."
"Or are you tormented by what others may think of you? Look then on how soon everything is forgotten, and gaze into the abyss of infinite time. Hear the hollowness of the applause, and ponder the fickleness of those who are applauding you while you consider the narrowness of the stage on which you pant after their plaudits. The entire earth is but a piece of dust blowing through the firmament, and the inhabited part of the earth a small fraction thereof. So, in such a grand space, how many do you think will think of you, and what will their thoughts be worth?"
"Everyone dreams of the perfect vacation - in the country, by the sea, or in the mountains. You too long to get away and find that idyllic spot, yet how foolish... when at any time you are capable of finding that perfect vacation in yourself.
Nowhere is there a more idyllic spot, a vacation home more private and peaceful, that in one's own mind, especially when it is furnished in such a way that the merest inward glance induces ease.
Take this vacation as often as you like, and so charge your spirit. But do not prolong these meditative moments beyond what is necessary to send you back to your life free of anxiety and full of vigor and good cheer.
What makes you anxious anyway? The wrongs of others? Well, consider the following: reasonable men and women are made for one another; patience is a part of justice; and no one willingly does wrong."