"When I look down at the sea, it seemed much like the sky to me as if the sky and the sea were the same. I feel much as I do when I’m flying upward to the sun, transported to a simple, safe, beautiful place where everything is comprehensible."
— Amelia Earhart
"The most important thing that’s going to happen is the arrival of another 5 billion people onto the Internet, and as they join us the changes in their governments, the way entertainment works and the way education works [for example] are going to be very profound."
— Eric Schmidt on the New Digital Age
"Participation is the only measure of whether people give a shit any more."
— Nick Law, R/GA
"We know what it means to be American. It’s to be allowed to be human, to be ourselves. I feel like I’m more Chinese in America than I feel when I’m in China. The moment I step into my motherland, my guard is up. I behave differently. I talk differently."
— Anchee Min on immigrating from China to America, 2007 interview On Being with Krista Tippett
"It’s tempting to think of love as a progression, from ignorance toward the refined light of reason, but that would be a mistake. The history of love is not a ladder we climb rung by rung leaving previous rungs below. Human history is not a journey across a landscape, in the course of which we leave one town behind as we approach another. Nomads constantly on the move, we carry everything with us, all we possess. We carry the seeds and nails and remembered hardships of everywhere we have lived, the beliefs and hurts and bones of every ancestor. Our baggage is heavy. We can’t bear to part with anything that ever made us human. The way we love in the twentieth century is as much an accumulation of past sentiments as a response to modern life."
— Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of Love
This is my life.