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Frank Schaeffer
“I'd be adrift in an ocean of uncertainty." Yes, and perhaps that's the only honest place to be. Another name for uncertainty is humility. No one ever blew up a mosque, church, or abortion clinic after yelling, "I could be wrong.”
Frank Schaeffer, Sex, Mom, and God: How the Bible’s Strange Take on Sex Led to Crazy Politics--and How I Learned to Love Women (and Jesus) Anyway

Dolly Parton
“Find out who you are and do it on purpose.”
Dolly Parton

Arika Okrent
“The variety of shape, pattern, and color found in the languages of the world is a testament to the wonder of nature, to the breathtaking array of possibilities that can emerge, tangled and wild, from the fertile human endowments of brain and larynx, intelligence and social skills.”
Arika Okrent, In the Land of Invented Languages: Esperanto Rock Stars, Klingon Poets, Loglan Lovers, and the Mad Dreamers Who Tried to Build a Perfect Language

“Familiarity is the gateway drug to empathy.”
iO Tillett Wright

Louisa May Alcott
“Some books are so familiar that reading them is like being home again.”
Louisa May Alcott

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