Welcome to Night Vale…a friendly desert community somewhere in the American Southwest, where the sun is hot, the moon is beautiful, and mysterious lights pass overhead while its citizens pretend to sleep….
Written by the creators of the widely popular podcast, Welcome to Night Vale is an imaginative mystery of appearances and disappearances, and a poignant look at the ways in which we all struggle to find ourselves – no matter where we live.
We’ve been fans of Welcome to Night Vale since Episode 1 and were thrilled when we first heard the news that there’d be a book based on the podcast. Since the announcement, we’ve got a bunch of our coworkers hooked on the show, and below are some of their favourite quotes. Keep reading for the top ten picks, which show you how dark, funny, weird, and ultimately, wise, this project is.
1. “Dare to dream. Seriously. We dare you. Do it. It’ll be fine. Promise.”
2. “Worry less about the person you once were. Or the person you dream you someday will be. Worry about the person you are now. Or don’t even worry! Just be that person. Be the best version of that person you can be. Be a better version than any of the other versions in any of the many parallel universes. Check regularly online to see the rankings.”
—Episode 52: The Retirement of Pamela Winchell
4. “Your existence is not impossible. But it’s also not very likely.”
—Episode 16: The Phone Call
5. “Whisper a dangerous secret to someone you care about. Now they have the power to destroy you, but they won’t. That’s what love is.”
6. “Sleep heavily and know that I am here with you. The past is gone, and cannot harm you anymore. And while the future is fast coming for you, it always flinches first, and settles in as the gentle present. This now, this us, we can cope with that. We can do this together you and I.”
—Episode 12: The Candidate
7. “Today you will meet a beautiful stranger. Actually hundreds of beautiful strangers. Everyone is beautiful and you know almost none of them.”
8. When we talk about teenagers, we adults often talk with an air of scorn, of expectation for disappointment. And this can make people who are presently teenagers feel very defensive. But what everyone should understand is that none of us are talking to the teenagers that exist now, but talking back to the teenager we ourselves once were – all stupid mistakes and lack of fear, and bodies that hadn’t yet begun to slump into a lasting nothing. Any teenager who exists now is incidental to the potent mix of nostalgia and shame with which we speak to our younger selves.
— Episode 12: The Candidate
9. “Be careful what you wish for, because it probably won’y come true and life is mostly about expectation management.”
10. “Monday would like you to leave it alone. It’s not its fault that you are emotionally unprepared for your professional lives.”
—Episode 3: Station Management