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Continuing even when all hope seems lost

The outcome's known. Why try?
Return your rusty sword to battered sheath,
bow your head and bend your stubborn knee. Why
take the field when you cannot win the war?
But Harry⁠—he went down to Agincourt.

— Bratfarrar[1]

Humanity and its potential

Five years on this world and two trapped within this form, and only now, the vast gulf that always seemed to exist between what [Castiel] knew of humanity and what they truly were, what he was here, seems so much smaller. The theoretical knowledge written into him since time began, all of humanity and what it [is], has context in this improbable man who is everything that humanity is, was, and could be in all its limitless potential.

— Castiel musing about Dean Winchester, Map of the World, ch. 8

Infinity [...] The space around it is in abeyance—potential, unused, still waiting for form. What will be infinity once it's filled.
[The space is waiting f]or you. [...] Thoughts you haven't had, dreams you haven't dreamed, hopes you haven't yet formed, choices you haven't made—potential unrealized. The length of your life that is yet to be lived in all you aren't yet and haven't decided to be, all you'll ever do.
[...] The human mind—infinity bothers you, it always has, you can't really see it, and it can drive you insane if you try. This is why: that dot is all angels can see because we live within it, all that is and was and will be, all that is known, but you—your mind is already spoken for, it has far too much to do creating what wasn't before and isn't yet and almost is, and could and would and should be.
[...] What I showed you was yourself, that light surrounded by potential. You're not a drop of infinity, none of you are; you are its creators.

— Castiel to Alison, A Thousand Lights in Space, ch. 5

Between the moment of your birth and the moment of your death, you will be a thousand people.

— Castiel, It's the Stars That Lie, ch. 5

The power of names

Names have power, he's always known that, but the most powerful is the one that you use to define yourself.

— It's the Stars That Lie, ch. 7

> Name lore is here.


  1. Harry Takes the Field by Bratfarrar