"Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind, or forgotten."
- Lilo & Stitch
"The business of life is the acquisition of memories, in the end that’s all there is."
- Downton Abbey
"…our society has become so technologically based that you really can’t be a fully operating citizen unless you understand basic science. How are you supposed to make judgements about the health of your children if you don’t believe in science? How are you supposed to make a judgement about a generation of fuel and power if you don’t believe in science? You can’t operate as a sensible voting member of a democratic society these days unless you understand fundamental scientific principles to a degree."
- Brian Cox and Robin Ince interview the legend himself, David Attenborough: A life measured in heartbeats (via jtotheizzoe)
"You won’t allow me to go to school.
I won’t become a doctor.
Remember this:
One day you will be sick."
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Poem written by an 11 year old Afghan girl 

This poem was recorded in a NYT magazine article about female underground poetry groups in Afghanistan. An amazing article about the ways in which women are using a traditional two line poetry form to express their resistance to male oppression, their feelings about love (considered blasphemous).

 Here’s the link

(via blua)

"As I began to think about it, I realized that, contrary to popular view, scientists don’t really care that much about facts. We recognize that facts are the most unreliable part of the whole operation. They don’t last, they’re always under revision. Whatever fact you seemed to have uncovered is likely to be revised by the next generation. That’s the difference between science and many other endeavors. Science revels in revision. For science, revision is a victory. In religion, or astrology, or any other belief system, revision is a kind of defeat. You were supposed to have known the answer to this. But the joy of science is that it’s about revision."
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Stuart Firestein, author of ‘Ignorance,’

In his new book, Stuart Firestein makes the case that what drives scientific exploration is a sort of informed ignorance. Not the ignorance of the dimwitted, but the realization that we are driven by the excitement of being on the edge of knowledge, of constantly revising what is known, and that our endeavors are those who venture into the dark instead of describing simply what we see.

(via The Daily Beast)

"Wherever I go in the world people ask me “Do aliens exist?” It’s a good question because it cuts to the heart of how we see our place in the Universe. Are we alone in our small round blue ball? I think probably not, because of one fact: The Universe is BIG.. Really big. Our planet is just one of eight in orbit around our sun, which itself is hardly special being one of about 200 billion stars in a vast spiral, our galaxy the Milky Way. So big sometimes I find it hard to comprehend, but even the Milky Way is just a tiny drop in the cosmic ocean. Just one of 100 billion galaxies, formed into an enormous web stretching away in all directions. At this scale, each point of light is an entire galaxy, which not only puts our little world in perspective but also makes it difficult to believe we really are alone. So to my mathematical brain.. the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational."
- Stephen Hawking, Into the Universe (via distempered)
"Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible."
- Maya Angelou
"It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength."
- Maya Angelou
"Normal is in the eye of the beholder."
- Whoopi Goldberg
"It does no harm just once in a while to acknowledge that the whole country isn’t in flames, that there are people in the country besides politicians, entertainers, and criminals."
- Charles Kuralt
"But let there be spaces in your togetherness and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls."
- Khalil Gibran
"An effort made for the happiness of others lifts above ourselves."
- Lydia M. Child
"Sometimes, I imagine life like a piano. The white keys represent happiness, while the black keys represent sadness. But as you go through life’s journey, remember that the black keys make music too."
- Unknown   (via thelittlephilosopher)
"Have you learned the lessons only of those who admired you, and were tender with you, and stood aside for you? Have you not learned great lessons from those who braced themselves against you, and disputed passage with you?"
- Walt Whitman