Nietzsche from The Gay Science (the Walter Kaufmann translation):
… for their faith they willingly sacrificed possessions and position, blood and fatherland. We—do the same. For what? For our unbelief? For every kind of unbelief? No, you know better than that, friends! The hidden Yes in you is stronger than all the Nos and Maybes that afflict you and your age like a disease; and when you have to embark on the sea, you emigrants, you, too, are compelled to this by—a faith!
Ocean Vuong in “The Last Dinosaur,” published days before another catastrophic IPCC report:
I didn’t know God saw in us a failedattempt at heaven. Didn’t know my eyeshad three shades of white but only one imageof my mother. She’s standing under an ancientpine, sad that her time on Earth is all she owns.Oh human, I’m not mad at you for winningbut that you never wished for more. Lordof language, why didn’t you master Nowithout forgetting Yes?