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  • #1
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “The Bhagavad Gita--that 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 with perfection.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #2
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “There’s a crack (or cracks) in everyone…that’s how the light of God gets in.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #3
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “I want God to play in my bloodstream the way sunlight amuses itself on the water.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #4
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “I crossed the street to walk in the sunshine.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #5
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “There is a reason they call God a presence - because God is right here, right now. In the present is the only place to find Him, and now is the only time.”
    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
    “Destiny, I feel, is also a relationship - a play between divine grace and willful self-effort.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #8
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “Zen masters say you cannot see your reflection in running water, only in still water.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #9
    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

  • #10
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “God is an experience of supreme love.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #11
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “I'm choosing happiness over suffering, I know I am. I'm making space for the unknown future to fill up my life with yet-to-come surprises.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #12
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “One must always be prepared for riotous and endless waves of transformation.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #13
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “Your job then, should you choose to accept it, is to keep searching for the metaphors, rituals and teachers that will help you move ever closer to divinity. The Yogic scriptures say that God responds to the sacred prayers and efforts of human beings in any way whatsoever that mortals choose to worship—just so long as those prayers are sincere.

    I think you have every right to cherry-pick when it comes to moving your spirit and finding peace in God. I think you are free to search for any metaphor whatsoever which will take you across the worldly divide whenever you need to be transported or comforted. It's nothing to be embarrassed about. It's the history of mankind's search for holiness. If humanity never evolved in its exploration of the divine, a lot of us would still be worshipping golden Egyptian statues of cats. And this evolution of religious thinking does involve a fair bit of cherry-picking. You take whatever works from wherever you can find it, and you keep moving toward the light.

    The Hopi Indians thought that the world's religions each contained one spiritual thread, and that these threads are always seeking each other, wanting to join. When all the threads are finally woven together they will form a rope that will pull us out of this dark cycle of history and into the next realm. More contemporarily, the Dalai Lama has repeated the same idea, assuring his Western students repeatedly that they needn't become Tibetan Buddhists in order to be his pupils. He welcomes them to take whatever ideas they like out of Tibetan Buddhism and integrate these ideas into their own religious practices. Even in the most unlikely and conservative of places, you can find sometimes this glimmering idea that God might be bigger than our limited religious doctrines have taught us. In 1954, Pope Pius XI, of all people, sent some Vatican delegates on a trip to Libya with these written instructions: "Do NOT think that you are going among Infidels. Muslims attain salvation, too. The ways of Providence are infinite."

    But doesn't that make sense? That the infinite would be, indeed ... infinite? That even the most holy amongst us would only be able to see scattered pieces of the eternal picture at any given time? And that maybe if we could collect those pieces and compare them, a story about God would begin to emerge that resembles and includes everyone? And isn't our individual longing for transcendence all just part of this larger human search for divinity? Don't we each have the right to not stop seeking until we get as close to the source of wonder as possible? Even if it means coming to India and kissing trees in the moonlight for a while?

    That's me in the corner, in other words. That's me in the spotlight. Choosing my religion.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #14
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “But if you can plant yourself in stillness long enough, you will, in time, experience the truth that everything (both uncomfortable and lovely) does eventually pass.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #15
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “Deep grief sometimes is almost like a specific location, a coordinate on a map of time. When you are standing in that forest of sorrow, you cannot imagine that you could ever find your way to a better place. But if someone can assure you that they themselves have stood in that same place, and now have moved on, sometimes this will bring hope”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #16
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “You have been to hell, Ketut?"
    He smiled. Of course he's been there.
    What's it like in hell?"
    Same like in heaven," he said.
    He saw my confusion and tried to explain. "Universe is a circle, Liss."
    He said. "To up, to down -- all same, at end."
    I remembered an old Christian mystic notion: As above, so below.
    I asked. "Then how can you tell the difference between heaven and hell?"
    Because of how you go. Heaven, you go up, through seven happy places. Hell, you go down, through seven sad places. This is why it better for you to go up, Liss." He laughed.
    Same-same," he said. "Same in end, so better to be happy in journey."
    I said, "So, if heaven is love, then hell is.. "
    Love, too," he said.
    Ketut laughed again, "Always so difficult for young people to understand this!”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #17
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “The resting place of the mind is the heart. The only thing the mind hears all day is clanging bells and noise and argument, and all it wants is quietude. The only place the mind will ever find peace is inside the silence of the heart. That's where you need to go.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #18
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “At some point, you gotta let go, and sit still, and allow contentment to come to you.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #19
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “Smile with face, smile with mind, and good energy will come to you and clean away dirty energy.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #20
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “And what will I be able to do tomorrow that I cannot yet do today?”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia

  • #21
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “The Bhagavad Gita—that 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 with perfection. So now I have started living my own life. Imperfect and clumsy as it may look, it is resembling me now, thoroughly.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
    tags: live

  • #22
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “You may return here once you have fully come to understand that you are always here.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #23
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “Plant an expectation; reap a disappointment." (Quoting an old adage)”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage

  • #24
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “God waited me out.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #25
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “Devotion is diligence without assurance. Faith is a way of saying, 'Yes, I pre-accept the terms of the universe and I am voicing in advance what I am presently incapable of understanding.' There is a reason that we refer to leaps-of-faith, because the decision to consent to any notion of divinity is a mighty jump from the rational over to the unknowable, and I don't care how diligently scholars of every religion will try to sit you down with their stacks of books and prove that their faith is rational; it isn't. If they were rational, it wouldn't be - by definition - faith. Faith is belief in what you cannot see or prove or touch. Faith is walking face first and full speed into the dark.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
    tags: faith

  • #26
    Lisa Scottoline
    “I'm a sociopath. I look normal, but I'm not. I'm smarter, better, and freer, because I'm not bound by rules, law, emotion or regard for you.”
    Lisa Scottoline, Every Fifteen Minutes

  • #27
    Lisa Scottoline
    “I’ve read that one out of twenty-four people is a sociopath, and if you ask me, the other twenty-three of you should be worried.”
    Lisa Scottoline, Every Fifteen Minutes

  • #28
    Søren Kierkegaard
    “What is a poet? An unhappy man who hides deep anguish in his heart, but whose lips are so formed that when the sigh and cry pass through them, it sounds like lovely music.... And people flock around the poet and say: 'Sing again soon' - that is, 'May new sufferings torment your soul but your lips be fashioned as before, for the cry would only frighten us, but the music, that is blissful.”
    Søren Kierkegaard, Either/Or

  • #29
    Søren Kierkegaard
    “If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never. And what wine is so sparkling, what so fragrant, what so intoxicating, as possibility!”
    Søren Kierkegaard, Either/Or: A Fragment of Life

  • #30
    Søren Kierkegaard
    “I have only one friend, and that is echo. Why is it my friend? Because I love my sorrow, and echo does not take it away from me. I have only one confidant, and that is the silence of night. Why is it my confidant? Because it remains silent.”
    Søren Kierkegaard, Entweder / Oder



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