All great deeds both consume and transform their doers. Consider an athlete, or a scientist, or an artist, or an independent business creator. In service of their goals they lay down time and energy and many other choices and pleasures; in return, they become most truly themselves.
-- Lois McMaster Bujold

When it occurs to a man that nature does not regard him as important, and that she feels she would not maim the universe by disposing of him, he at first wishes to throw bricks at the temple, and he hates deeply the fact that there are no bricks and no temples.
-- Stephen Crane

A man said to the universe: "Sir, I exist!" "However," replied the universe, "The fact has not created in me a sense of obligation."
-- Stephen Crane

"It is good, from time to time, to be reminded that we are capable of more than what is easy."
-- goob

"We live only one real day, during which we recall false memories of living many more."

"Is it today?"

-- A lesson is learned but the damage is irreversible