“How can he remember well his ignorance- which his growth requires- who has so often to use his knowledge?” -Henry David Thoreau, from Walden

“I hate that word. Straight. At the very least, those of us who are nonstraight should get called curvy. Or scenic. Actually, I like that: ‘Do you think she’s straight?’ ‘Oh no. She’s scenic.” -Levithan David

“To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.” -Yann Martel, Life of Pi

“Each time I walk into a Nigerian restaurant with a man, the waiter greets the man and ignores me. The waiters are products of a society that has taught them that men are more important than women, and I know that they don’t intend harm, but it is one thing to know something intellectually and quite another to feel it emotionally. Each time they ignore me, I feel invisible. I feel upset. I want to tell them that I am just as human as the man, just as worthy of acknowledgement. These are the little things, but sometimes it is the little things that sting the most.” -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists

“Running to him was real, the way he did it the realest thing he knew. It was all joy and woe, hard as diamond; it made him weary beyond comprehension. But it also made him free.”-John L. Parker