1. “Life is a series of surprises and would not be worth taking or keeping if it were not.”
    – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  2. “The only position that leaves me with no cognitive dissonance is atheism. It is not a creed. Death is certain, replacing both the siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell. Life on this earth, with all its mystery and beauty and pain, is then to be lived far more intensely: we stumble and get up, we are sad, confident, insecure, feel loneliness and joy and love. There is nothing more; but I want nothing more.”
    – Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Infidel