Read this one slowly because each nugget is profound:
Freedom is a heavy load, a great strange burden for the spirit to undertake.
It is not easy. It is not a gift given but a choice made, and the choice made made may be a hard one.
The road goes upwards towards the light, but the latent traveler may never reach the end of it.
Man approaches the unattainable truth through a succession of errors.
Affliction comes to us not to make us sad, but sober; not to make us sorry, but wise.
You’ll be required to do wrong no matter where you go. It is the basic condition of life to be required to violate your own identity.
At some point every creature which lives must do so. It is the ultimate shadow, the defeat of creation.
This is the curse of work, the curse that feeds on all life everywhere in the universe.
The gravest error a thinking person can make is to believe that one particular version of history is absolute fact.
History is recorded by a series of observers none of whom are impartial.
It is change, continuing change, inevitable change that is the dominant factor in society today.
No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is but the world as it will be. The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent that the one that went before it and wiser than the one that came after it.
Man is the unnatural animal, the rebel child of nature and more and more does he turn himself against harsh and fitful hand that reared him.
It doesn’t matter what you do so as long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away
The very concept of truth is fading out of this world and lies will pass into history.
Solitude and isolation are painful things beyond human endurance.
For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love.
This is a collection of quotes from some of the best writers –mostly of science fiction– that ever lived. I heard it spoken all together, and it sounded like it had been written as one piece, but when I dug deeper, I found that many authors should be credited. Putting it together was brilliant.
I found it resonant and moving and all the more so when I learned who had written these lines.
The writers include Ursula Leguin, HG Wells, Philip K. Dick, Frank Herbert, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, George Orwell, Jules Verne, Carl Sagan.
(Thank you, producers of Above Majestic.)