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  • #1
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “When you're lost in those woods, it sometimes takes you a while to realize that you are lost. For the longest time, you can convince yourself that you've just wandered off the path, that you'll find your way back to the trailhead any moment now. Then night falls again and again, and you still have no idea where you are, and it's time to admit that you have bewildered yourself so far off the path that you don't even know from which direction the sun rises anymore.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert

  • #2
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “I was full of a hot, powerful sadness and would have loved to burst into the comfort of tears, but tried hard not to, remembering something my Guru once said -- that you should never give yourself a chance to fall apart because, when you do, it becomes a tendency and it happens over and over again. You must practice staying strong, instead.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #3
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “I was suffering the easily foreseeable consequences. Addiction is the hallmark of every infatuation-based love story. It all begins when the object of your adoration bestows upon you a heady, hallucinogenic dose of something you never dared to admit you wanted-an emotional speedball, perhaps, of thunderous love and roiling excitement. Soon you start craving that intense attention, with a hungry obsession of any junkie. When the drug is witheld, you promptly turn sick, crazy, and depleted (not to mention resentful of the dealer who encouraged this addiction in the first place but now refuses to pony up the good stuff anymore-- despite the fact that you know he has it hidden somewhere, goddamn it, because he used to give it to you for free). Next stage finds you skinny and shaking in a corner, certain only that you would sell your soul or rob your neighbors just to have 'that thing' even one more time. Meanwhile, the object of your adoration has now become repulsed by you. He looks at you like you're someone he's never met before, much less someone he once loved with high passion. The irony is,you can hardly blame him. I mean, check yourself out. You're a pathetic mess,unrecognizable even to your own eyes. So that's it. You have now reached infatuation's final destination-- the complete and merciless devaluation of self." - pg 20-21”
    Elizabeth Gilbert

  • #4
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “When the karma of a relationship is done, only love remains. It's safe. Let go.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #5
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “The more exquisitely and delightfully you can do nothing, the higher your life's achievement.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #6
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “We don't realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #7
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “They flank me - depression on my left, loneliness on my right. They don't need to show their badges. I know these guys very well. ... Then they frisk me. They empty my pockets of any joy I had been carrying there. Depression even confiscates my identity; but he always does that.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #8
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “Imagine that the universe is a great spinning engine. You want to stay near the core of the thing - right in the hub of the wheel - not out at the edges where all the wild whirling takes place, where you can get frayed and crazy. The hub of calmness - that's your heart. That's where God lives within you. So stop looking for answers in the world. Just keep coming back to that center and you'll always find peace.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert

  • #9
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “Destiny, I feel, is also a relationship - a play between divine grace and willful self-effort.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #10
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “People always fall in love with the most perfect aspects of each other’s personalities. Who wouldn’t? Anybody can love the most wonderful parts of another person. But that’s not the clever trick. The really clever trick is this: Can you accept the flaws? Can you look at your partner’s faults honestly and say, ‘I can work around that. I can make something out of it.’? Because the good stuff is always going to be there, and it’s always going to pretty and sparkly, but the crap underneath can ruin you.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage

  • #11
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “In a world of disorder and disaster and fraud, sometimes only beauty can be trusted. Only artistic excellence is incorruptible. Pleasure cannot be bargained down. And sometimes the meal is the only currency that is real.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #12
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “The inability to open up to hope is what blocks trust, and blocked trust is the reason for blighted dreams.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert

  • #13
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “Only the young and stupid are confident about sex and romance.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #14
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “The karmic philosophy appeals to me on a metaphorical level because even in ones lifetime it's obvious how often we must repeat our same mistakes, banging our heads against the same ole addictions and compulsions, generating the same old miserable and often catastrophic consequences, until we can finally stop and fix it. This is the supreme lesson of karma ( and also of western psychology, by the way)- take care of the problem now, or else you'll just have to suffer again later when you screw everything up the next time. And that repetition of suffering-that's hell. Moving out of that endless repetition to a new level of understanding-there's where you'll find heaven.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert

  • #15
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “I wondered, "Why have I been chasing happiness my whole life when bliss was here the entire time?”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #16
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “The Yogic sages say that all the pain of a human life is caused by words, as is all the joy. We create words to define our experience and those words bring attendant emotions that jerk us around like dogs on a leash. We get seduced by our own mantras (I'm a failure... I'm lonely... I'm a failure... I'm lonely...) and we become monuments to them. To stop talking for a while, then, is to attempt to strip away the power of words, to stop choking ourselves with words, to liberate ourselves from our suffocating mantras.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #17
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “I think you have every right to cherry-pick when it comes to moving your spirit and finding peace in God. You take whatever works from wherever you can find it, and you keep moving toward the light.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #18
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “Desiring another person is perhaps the most risky endeavor of all. As soon as you want somebody—really want him—it is as though you have taken a surgical needle and sutured your happiness to the skin of that person, so that any separation will now cause a lacerating injury.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage

  • #19
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “Plant an expectation; reap a disappointment." (Quoting an old adage)”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage

  • #20
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “Real, sane, mature love—the kind that pays the mortgage year after year and picks up the kids after school—is not based on infatuation but on affection and respect.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage
    tags: love

  • #21
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “My love affair with (him) had a wonderful element of romance to it, which I will always cherish. But it was not an infatuation, and here’s how I can tell: because I did not demand that he become my Great Emancipator or my Source of All Life, nor did I immediately vanish into that man’s chest cavity like a twisted, unrecognizable, parasitical homonculus. During our long period of courtship, I remained intact within my own personality, and I allowed myself to meet (him) for who he was.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage

  • #22
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “Because I know something that you don't know. I know that this is the worst experience of your life, but I also know that someday you'll move past it and you'll be fine. And helping somebody likej you through the worst experience of her life is incredibly gratifying.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage

  • #23
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “Everyone makes their own path, and I must make mine. The Bhagavad Gita - and ancient Indian Yogic text - says that it is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else's life perfectly. So now I have started living my own life. Imperfect and clumsy as it may look, it is resembling me now, thoroughly. It is mine.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #24
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “Look - I understand that an unexamined life is not worth living, but do you think I could someday have an unexamined lunch?”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #25
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “Yoga is the effort to experience one's divinity personally and then to hold on to that experience forever.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #26
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “Clearing out all your misery gets you out of the way. You cease being an obstacle, not only to yourself but to anyone else. Only then are you free to serve and enjoy other people.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #27
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “This was not my moment to be seeking romance and (as day follows night) to further complicate my already knotty life. This was my moment to look for the kind of healing and peace that can only come from solitude.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #28
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “in stillness, I watched myselfget eaten by mosquitoes... the itch was maddening at first but eventually it just melded into a general burning feeling and i rode that heat to a mld euphoria. I allowed the pain to lose its specific associations and become pure sensation... and that eventually lifted me out of myself and into meditation. ”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #29
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “Guilt's just your ego's way of tricking you into thinking that you're making moral progress. Don't fall for it, my dear.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #30
    Nathaniel Hawthorne
    “Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”
    Nathaniel Hawthorne



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