Imagine the people who believe such things and who are not ashamed to ignore, totally, all the patient findings of thinking minds through all the centuries since the Bible was written. And it is these ignorant people, the most uneducated, the most unimaginative, the most unthinking among us, who would make themselves the guides and leaders of us all; who would force their feeble and childish beliefs on us; who would invade our schools and libraries and homes. I personally resent it bitterly.
— Isaac Asimov, The Roving Mind, 1983
Time after time, history demonstrates that when people don’t want to believe something, they have enormous skills of ignoring it altogether.
— Jim Butcher, Dead Beat, 2006
When I look at my old pictures, all I can see is what I used to be but am no longer. I think: What I can see is what I am not.
— Aleksandar Hemon, The Lazarus Project, 2008
“Only in Sleep”
Only in sleep I see their faces,
Children I played with when I was a child,
Louise comes back with her brown hair braided,
Annie with ringlets warm and wild.
Only in sleep Time is forgotten–
What may have come to them, who can know?
Yet we played last night as long ago,
And the doll-house stood at the turn of the stair.
The years had not sharpened their smooth around faces,
I met their eyes and found them mild–
Do they, too, dream of me, I wonder,
And for them am I, too, a child?
— Sara Teasdale, Flame and Shadow, 1920