When asked, ‘What do we need to learn this for?’ any high-school teacher can confidently answer that, regardless of the subject, the knowledge will come in handy once the student hits middle age and starts working crossword puzzles in order to stave off the terrible loneliness.
For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
Never give up on a dream just because of the length of time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.
The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it some of the grace of tragedy.
Forgive me if what has seemed little to you, to me is all.
Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.
If you look for the light, you can often find it. But if you look for the dark, that is all you’ll ever see.
I always get asked, ‘Where do you get your confidence?’ I think people are well meaning, but it’s pretty insulting. Because what it means to me is, ‘You, Mindy Kaling, have all the trappings of a very marginalized person. You’re not skinny, you’re not white, you’re a woman. Why on earth would you feel like you’re worth anything?’
Sometimes me think, ‘What is friend?’ And then me say, ‘Friend is someone to share the last cookie with.’