March 16, 2020

Frodo: I wish none of this had happened.
Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.
Lord of the Rings
Applicable to many troubled times of course, and with the evil being a mindless bundle of pointless RNA.

Via this tumblr post that also mentions Sam's comments...
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At one point I said, 'Hey there's Hawaii! There's Hawaii...there goes Hawaii' - that's how fast we were moving. Crossed over the California coastline at Mach 8, at about 120,000 feet and came in over the landing strip at Edwards Air Force Base in California. And this is where the commander gets to show his stuff, because he's going to land it, and it's a 200,000 pound... brick. It sort of flies. So at 40,000 feet you're subsonic, below the speed of sound, passing overhead, synch rates of 11,000 feet per minute, 300 miles an hour, you get to 1200 feet, pull back slightly on the stick, shallow the glide angle, slow down, touchdown at 200 miles an hour, and roll out. You only have one chance at this, 'cause it's a glider. And as we've said, it's better to die than look bad... ....and fortunately we didn't do either.
Astronaut Frederick Hauck about maintaining composure, guiding the Space Shuttle to a landing in the first mission after the Challenger explosion.
via The Moth Live in Portland, Maine. Mostly I like the "it's better to die than look bad" line.