When my husband [Carl Sagan] died, because he was so famous and known for not being a believer, many people would come up to me — it still sometimes happens — and ask me if Carl changed at the end and converted to a belief in an afterlife. They also frequently ask me if I think I will see him again.
Carl faced his death with unflagging courage and never sought refuge in illusions. The tragedy was that we knew we would never see each other again. I don’t ever expect to be reunited with Carl. But, the great thing is that when we were together, for nearly twenty years, we lived with a vivid appreciation of how brief and precious life is. We never trivialized the meaning of death by pretending it was anything other than a final parting. Every single moment that we were alive and we were together was miraculous — not miraculous in the sense of inexplicable or supernatural. We knew we were beneficiaries of chance… That pure chance could be so generous and so kind… That we could find each other, as Carl wrote so beautifully in Cosmos, you know, in the vastness of space and the immensity of time… That we could be together for twenty years. That is something which sustains me and it’s much more meaningful.
The way he treated me and the way I treated him, the way we took care of each other and our family, while he lived. That is so much more important than the idea I will see him someday. I don’t think I’ll ever see Carl again. But I saw him. We saw each other. We found each other in the cosmos, and that was wonderful.
— Ann Druyan (via savagecries)
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10:19 pm • 5 August 2014 • 12,674 notes
Sony dropped 8 million flower petals on a Costa Rican village to promote their new TV line.
Hope they cleaned it up.
12:29 am • 3 August 2014 • 3,290 notes
A group of scarabs from the Scarabaeid family, July 1929.
Photograph by Edwin L. Wisherd, National Geographic
12:26 am • 3 August 2014 • 10,268 notes
Adam Selman’s 20-person team gluing 230,000 Swarovski crystals on Rihanna’s CFDA gown x
12:24 am • 3 August 2014 • 175,490 notes
Emma Thompson’s Academy Award Wins and Nominations
1993: Won - Best Actress in a Leading Role: Howards End
1994: Nominated - Best Actress in a Leading: The Remains of the Day
1994: Nominated - Best Actress in a Supporting Role: In the Name of the Father
1996: Won - Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published: Sense and Sensibility
1996: Nominated - Best Actress in a Leading Role: Sense and Sensibility
12:20 am • 3 August 2014 • 197 notes
I’m sitting here thinking of all the things I wanted to apologize to you for. All the pain we caused each other. Everything I put on you. Everything I needed you to be or needed you to say. I’m sorry for that. I’ll always love you because we grew up together. You helped make me who I am. I just wanted you to know, there will be a piece of you in me always. And I’m grateful for that. Whatever someone you become and wherever you are in the world, I’m sending you love. You’re my friend to the end.
Her, dir. Spike Jonze
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1:24 am • 16 June 2014 • 61,992 notes
“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”
— Maya Angelou (via oaluz)
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10:44 pm • 31 May 2014 • 3,443 notes