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1 " The existential hero strives for authenticity even when it is costly, lives meaningfully in the midst of a banal, absurd world, and confronts rather than rejecting reality regardless of the personal cost. "
2 " We're really endless in a way. If time goes on forever, then any way you divide it is also forever. A tenth of infinity is infinity. It's only us that think the time is gone. It isn't. We're still there. Still at our wedding. Still on honeymoon. All the good times are still happening. Even in the middle of the bad times to come, we'll still be together. Forever, in a way. "
3 " No drugs here, no manipulation of neurotransmitters that leaves our worldly problems unattended. And no talking cures because explicit insight is not needed. All that is required is courage: the courage to encounter discomfort and stay with it long enough to be changed by it, strengthened. "
4 " The runner knows something the rest of us are busy forgetting: to get stronger, you have to go on until you are uncomfortable, and then go on a while longer. It is in that place where discomfort happens but activity is still possible that growth and development happen. "
" You ask if I miss having my vision. And I give you polite answers and deflections so you won't worry about me. But I'm not afraid of blindness. I made sure when I was young to see everything. The ocean, the sky, every kind of person on Earth, all the animals that were left before they were gone. I even saw space from inside, the Earth as it trailed away behind us - even if only in my mind. I've seen sunrise on Mars and my own baby, though she's nearly grown up now and doesn't talk to me much.
"I'm about as afraid to die as I am of being blind. What else is there to do or see? I've seen it all, and all that's left is reminders that it's gone, all of it gone. "
6 " Our parents are the worst for us, the most difficult to endure, precisely because they have the most intentions towards us. Hopes, dreams, needs for relationship. Acknowledgement. "
7 " We’re really endless in a way. If time goes on forever, then any way you divide it is also forever. A tenth of infinity is infinity. It’s only us that think the time is gone. It isn’t. We’re still there. Still at our wedding. Still on honeymoon. All the good times are still happening. Even in the middle of the bad times to come, we’ll still be together. Forever, in a way. "
8 " We failed. They failed us. What's left to do but die?" "Live," I said, red Martian dust floating and settling all around us. "
9 " If integrity is doing the right thing when nobody is watching, and there is never a private moment, integrity becomes impossible. What are we left with? "
" The space you have is always a little less than the amount of stuff you need to store.
- Jason's Fourth Law "
" Holbrook broke the silence. “All for nothing,” he said.
“What’s that?” Farid said.
“All the treatments. The pain, the despair. It was all for nothing. She’s going to die anyway.”
“I’m sorry, Pete,” Farid muttered.
“Sorry again. You didn’t give her cancer, you know? That’s all anyone can say, though. ‘I’m sorry.’ You’re not responsible.”
“I’m sorry anyway.”
Sarah put a hand on Holbrook’s arm. “Freedom,” she said.
“We’re going to lose anyway, no matter what we do, so we’re free to stop trying to win.” She sat up a little straighter, tugged on her shirt, smoothed out her skirt. “That’s what we’ve been talking about all this time, isn’t it?”
Holbrook went quiet again and Farid was afraid Sarah might have alienated him.
That’s what happens when you say something true. Nobody can hear it; they turn away from you, looking for a lie that’s easier to bear. "