I found this beautiful and pretty hard-hitting Welcome to Night Vale quote and really wanted to illustrate it. So, here it is, and here’s to everyone going through a rough patch atm <3
“Lie down and look up at the ceiling and breathe with those curiously fragile lungs of yours and remind yourself: Don’t worry. Don’t worry. All is as it was meant to be. It was meant to be lonely and terrifying and unfair and heaving. Don’t worry.”- Episode 31.5, Condos.
I said once that a home is just a grouping of objects, connected by a shared personal experience of time, which was just a fancy way of really just asking you to move in with me, and, um, and it worked but I wasn’t wrong, and I know now that a relationship is just a grouping of moments, connected by that same shared personal experience of time. what it means to make a life together is to take the experience of two different lives and choose to interpret them as a single shared narrative, so, in other words, changing the story about you, or the story about me, into the story about us. do you remember before the throat surgery when I sounded like this: “science is neat”? well, science is neat and I still believe that, but I know now that a lot of things are neat. having a quiet breakfast with another person is neat; calling someone over to experience a particularly noisy sunset is neat; this town is neat; night vale is neat; love is neat. love is- is very neat, actually and, um, and you are neat. that first night, when we sat on the trunk of my car and looked at the lights above the arby’s, when we got up to leave, I looked at you and I tried to think of how to say everything I was feeling, but I’ve never really been good at describing feelings, I’m only good at describing facts and love- love isn’t a fact, you know, love, it’s- it’s a hunch at first, and then later, it’s a series of decisions, a lifetime of decisions. that’s love and I didn’t- I didn’t know how to express that, and, so, I just said “I’m glad I decided to call you”, and now, um, tonight I say I’m glad again for this decision and all the decisions that will come every day after, which is to say, uh, scientifically speaking of course, speaking from the point of view of mere facts and logic and you know, um, what with this science and all, I just thought that it was time for us to make a life together.
Carlos the Scientist, Welcome to Night Vale, Episode 100 “Toast”
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.
- Cecil Palmer, Welcome to Night Vale, Episode 49 - Old Oak Doors Part B
“She brought me to the lighthouse in her strange desert that is like our own, but is not our own. She introduced me to an army of men and women who have taken great care of her. And introduced me to several tall, winged creatures, each named Erika. With a K.” — Welcome to Night Vale Episode 48 - Renovations
I guess it’s my turn now. um, it’s funny, I make my living speaking to you all, and now I’m up here and I don’t quite know what to say. in the last few years, we have experienced truly terrifying things and wonderful things; we have lost our town and regained our town; we have met new people, we have met incredible new people. I don’t have to tell you that carlos has perfect hair and teeth like a military cemetery. you have eyes- most of you- sorry, faceless old woman. I don’t need to tell you that his voice is oaky or that his enthusiasm about science is inspiring, and also deeply erotic, so instead, I will tell you this: it hasn’t always been an easy few years, but through it all, just- just knowing that carlos was there, that no matter what else happened, we would come back to each other, holding hands like two kids flirting on a first date- that’s what kept me believing in his town. my love for night vale and my love for carlos are the same love; it is the love of someone who has given their life completely to something beyond themselves. I once described night vale as a friendly desert community, where the sun is hot, the moon is beautiful and mysterious lights pass overhead while we all pretend to sleep, and it still is. I know nowhere friendlier, I know nowhere hotter, the moon is still beautiful, mysterious lights still pass overhead and, carlos, I can’t wait for every night I get to pretend to sleep next to you.
Cecil Palmer, Welcome to Night Vale, Episode 100 “Toast”