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The Republic of Dreams

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."

(214 entries, updated May 2020)

Key to the Storyline:
  • [D] = Defender - Book 4
  • [E] = Ethos - Book 5
  • [G] = The Ghost and the Volcano
  • [I] = Ion - Book 6
  • [M] = Mettle - Book 1
  • [S] = Scattered to the Winds - Book 7
  • [T] = Tethered to the Sky
  • [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.

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. 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]


  3. 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]


  4. 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]


  5. 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]


  6. 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]


  7. 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]


  8. 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]


  9. . . . 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]


  10. Today we open, not a new chapter, or a new book, but a new library. We will cherish the past, but there is a new future to be written. We must be thankful that there is a future, for we came so close to The End that our escape is an impossibility that none of us will ever truly understand.
      - Olivia Arcton, United Nations Secretary General (1 AN) - [I]


  11. 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]


  12. 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]


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


  14. 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]


  15. 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]


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


  17. 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]


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


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


  20. 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]


  21. He rescued hundreds from beneath the rubble - estimates range from 800 to 1,000, and recovered a much larger number of bodies. I glimpsed him once. It was 0300 and he was lying on a heap of dirt and ashes under the glare of rescue lights. Someone said he slept only one hour in twelve. His clothing was shredded and he was covered in blood and cement dust, and looked like one of the dead. A bell rang somewhere, and he struggled to his feet. He grabbed someone's arm and rasped "Pou? Where next?" and in an instant he was crawling beneath another pile of concrete slabs that looked as if it might collapse at any moment.
      - Silvia Christaides [f] , AADFIA Sr. Station Agent, Intelligence report on the Athens Earthquake, (22nd Century CE) - [X]


  22. 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]


  23. 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]


  24. 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]


  25. 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]


  26. 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]


  27. 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]


  28. 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]


  29. 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]


  30. 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]


  31. 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]


  32. 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]


  33. 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]


  34. 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]


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


  36. 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]


  37. 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]


  38. 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]


  39. 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]


  40. 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]


  41. 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]


  42. 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]


  43. 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]


  44. 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]


  45. 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]


  46. 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]


  47. 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]


  48. 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]


  49. 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)


  50. 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]


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


  52. 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]


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


  54. 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]


  55. 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]


  56. 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]


  57. 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]


  58. 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]


  59. 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]


  60. 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]


  61. 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]


  62. 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]


  63. 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]


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


  65. 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]


  66. 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]


  67. 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]


  68. 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]


  69. 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]


  70. 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]


  71. 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)


  72. For there never is a warning,
    And fairness is an imaginary thing.
      - Lycurgus 2020 [f], from Unfair Warning (late 20th Century CE) [D]


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


  74. 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]


  75. 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]


  76. 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]


  77. 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]


  78. 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]


  79. 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]


  80. 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]


  81. 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]


  82. 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]


  83. 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]


  84. 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]


  85. Every day Helene would run around the house and the yard, pretending to be a bird. She flapped her hands and chirped like a bird, until one day - running and spinning and flapping - her feet began to leave the ground. She didn't tell us at first. She wanted to surprise us, but we watched carefully to make sure she did not fly too high, or too fast, or too far. Whenever she flew, her laughter was like the sound of the wind, a sound so free and joyous that it lifted my heart. And then one day, birds came. A dozen birds that looped and spun around her in circles wherever she went. Later, more birds came, and more. They lived all around us in the cypress forest, and their song at sunrise and sunset was the most beautiful sound I had ever heard.
      - Axia Isidora Metro [f], (22nd Century CE, attributed) [X]


  86. 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]


  87. 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]


  88. 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)


  89. 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]


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


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


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


  93. 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]


  94. 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]


  95. 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]


  96. 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]


  97. 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]


  98. 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]


  99. 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]


  100. 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]


  101. 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]


  102. 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]


  103. 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]


  104. 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]


  105. 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]


  106. 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]


  107. 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]


  108. 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]


  109. 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]


  110. 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]


  111. 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]


  112. 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]


  113. 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]


  114. 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]


  115. 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]


  116. 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]


  117. 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]


  118. 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]


  119. 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]


  120. 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]


  121. 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]


  122. 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]


  123. 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]


  124. 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]


  125. 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]


  126. 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]


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


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


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


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


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


  132. 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 (retired), U.S. A.D.F.I.A. (22nd Century CE) [D]


  133. 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 (retired), U.S. A.D.F.I.A. (22nd Century CE) [I]


  134. 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]


  135. 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]


  136. 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]


  137. 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]


  138. 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 underly our ideas.
      - Loo Song [f], National Artist of Trinidad and Tobago, Costume Designer, Dramatist (22nd Century CE) [W]


  139. 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]


  140. 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]


  141. 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]


  142. 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]


  143. 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]


  144. 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]


  145. 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]


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


  147. 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]


  148. 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]


  149. 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]


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


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


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


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


  154. 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]


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


  156. 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]


  157. 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]


  158. 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]


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


  160. 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]


  161. 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]


  162. 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]


  163. 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]


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


  165. 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]


  166. 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]


  167. 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]


  168. 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]


  169. 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]


  170. 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]


  171. 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]


  172. 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]


  173. 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]


  174. 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]


  175. 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]


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


  177. 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]


  178. 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]


  179. 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]


  180. Teleiósame? (Are we done?)

    "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, (22nd Century CE) [I]


  181. 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]


  182. 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]


  183. 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]


  184. 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]


  185. 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]


  186. 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]


  187. 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]


  188. 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]


  189. 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]


  190. 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]


  191. 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]


  192. 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]


  193. 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]


  194. 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]


  195. 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]


  196. 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]


  197. 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]


  198. 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]


  199. 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]


  200. 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]


  201. 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]


  202. 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]


  203. 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]


  204. 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]


  205. 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]


  206. 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]


  207. 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]


  208. 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]


  209. 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]


  210. 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]


  211. 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]


  212. 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]


  213. 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]


  214. 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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