My aunt had this platitude she repeated to myself and others with regularity, which I’ve found has held up rather well with age: Believe nothing of what you hear and half of what you see.

So much of what we see is unreal or some semblance of a facade; but what is real, what exists with or without our consent, is what doesn’t go away when we stop looking, when we’re not looking for it, when we don’t like the looks of it and choose not to see – and things we haven’t so much as supposed and not yet thought to see.

“The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what’s true.”

– Carl Sagan

“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”

– Philip K. Dick

“The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.”

– Neil deGrasse Tyson