The universe is not a thing that is—it is not a *thing* at all. It is the very action of its going. It is, in fact, its own dissolve, and our lives – the entire span of human existence going back and back and, if we are lucky, forward and forward – the entire span is spent within this dissolve.

So look at the fleeting stars with fleeting eyes, and feel how the earth beneath you gives. It is all a temporary manifestation of particles, and it is all unraveling back to particulate silence. The bustle of the human day will come and will go. And then, there will be night.

But how beautiful these moments within the dissolve! What a temporary perfection we can find within this passing world! Everything good ever done! Everything good that was done today, and all the good people doing it, and back and back and forward and forward, all of that beauty within a universe unraveling.

Be proud of your place in the cosmos. It is small, and yet it *is*.

—  Cecil Palmer, Welcome to Night Vale, Episode 49: Old Oak Doors

written by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor

voiced by Cecil Baldwin

Quark is bisexual and biromantic but it takes him years to acknowledge the second one because among male Ferengi, bisexuality is totally normal but sex is traditionally a boss/employee power play thing, and if you fall in love with someone in that cultural context they are going to take advantage of you. (And Quark lives in constant fear of people finding out that he’s as much of a romantic as Rom.) He was interested in Pel before learning she was crossdressing, but it scared him because he had been successfully ignoring that aspect of his desire for years. And his interest in Nilva in Profit and Lace (ugh) had nothing to do with “female hormones”. Don’t worry, he comes to terms with it eventually. Can’t spend too much time off of Ferenginar without realizing that there are a lot of other ways to do relationships.