Seize the Weekend
... and you, Marcus, you have given me many things: now I shall give you this good advice. Be many people. Give up the game of being always Marcus Cocoza. You have worried too much about Marcus Cocoza, so that you have been really his slave and prisoner. You have not done anything without first considering how it would affect Marcus Cocoza's happiness and prestige. You were always much afraid that over the world people are doing stupid things... I should like you to be easy, your little heart to be light again. You must from now, be more than one, many people, as many as you can think of...
("The Dreamers" from "Seven Gothic Tales",
written under the pseudonym Isak Dinesen,
Random House, Inc.
Copyright, Isak Dinesen, 1934 renewed 1961)
I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tanhauser Gate.
All those moments will be lost in time like tears in rain.