“A friend once said, ‘You can't get so hung up on where you'd rather be that you forget to make the most of where you are.’ We got lost along the way, but we found each other, and we made a life. A beautiful life. Together."

Jennifer Lawrence as Aurora Lane in Passengers, 2016

“Mei Yao-ch'en says: ‘The only chance of life lies in giving up all hope of it.’”

Sun Tzu
The Art of War

“I can't always be in the wild. Sometimes I have to be in places that smell of fear, fumes, and ambition. When I'm there it helps very much to know that badgers are asleep inside a Welsh hill, that an otter is turning over stones in one of the Rockford pools, that a fox is blinking in the same sun that makes me sweat in my tweed coat, that a red stag is cutting amongst ghost trees by a stone circle near Hoar Oak, and that there's a swift hatched above my Oxford study hunting almost beyond human sight in the high, hot blue over the Congo River. That these things should be a comfort is strange. They should taunt, not comfort. They should say, ‘you're not there—ha, ha, ha’. Why does that not happen? Well, I note that I get a similar sense of comfort only from being assured of the continued existence of things, and notably people, that, whatever love is, I love. Perhaps then, whatever love means, I love these creatures.”

Charles Foster
Being a Beast