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  • #1
    Louise Erdrich
    “Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”
    Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum

  • #2
    Annie Dillard
    “I think it would be well, and proper, and obedient, and pure, to grasp your one necessity and not let it go, to dangle from it limp wherever it takes you.”
    Annie Dillard

  • #3
    Jack Kerouac
    “[...]the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!”
    Jack Kerouac, On the Road

  • #4
    “I used to think I was the strangest person in the world
    but then I thought, there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do
    I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too.
    well, I hope that if you are out there you read this and know that yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.”
    Rebecca Katherine Martin

  • #5
    Pablo Neruda
    “There is no insurmountable solitude. All paths lead to the same goal: to convey to others what we are. And we must pass through solitude and difficulty, isolation and silence in order to reach forth to the enchanted place where we can dance our clumsy dance and sing our sorrowful song - but in this dance or in this song there are fulfilled the most ancient rites of our conscience in the awareness of being human and of believing in a common destiny.”
    Pablo Neruda

  • #6
    George Eliot
    “What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?”
    George Eliot

  • #7
    Aeschylus
    “Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.”
    Aeschylus

  • #8
    Virginia Woolf
    “And all the lives we ever lived and all the lives to be are full of trees
    and changing leaves.”
    Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

  • #9
    Susan Sontag
    “Nothing is mysterious, no human relation. Except love.”
    Susan Sontag, As Consciousness is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980

  • #10
    Robert Frost
    “The best way out is always through.”
    Robert Frost

  • #11
    Robert Frost
    “Always fall in with what you're asked to accept. Take what is given, and make it over your way. My aim in life has always been to hold my own with whatever's going. Not against: with.”
    Robert Frost

  • #12
    Willa Cather
    “Where there is great love, there are always miracles.”
    Willa Cather
    tags: love

  • #13
    Jane Austen
    “Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience- or give it a more fascinating name, call it hope.”
    Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

  • #14
    Sylvia Plath
    “I want to taste and glory in each day, and never be afraid to experience pain; and never shut myself up in a numb core of nonfeeling, or stop questioning and criticizing life and take the easy way out. To learn and think: to think and live; to live and learn: this always, with new insight, new understanding, and new love.”
    Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

  • #15
    Pablo Neruda
    “Give me, for my life,
    all lives,
    give me all the pain
    of everyone,
    I'm going to turn it into hope.
    Give me
    all the joys,
    even the most secret,
    because otherwise
    how will these things be known?
    I have to tell them,
    give me
    the labors
    of everyday,
    for that's what I sing.”
    Pablo Neruda

  • #16
    Gilda Radner
    “I base most of my fashion taste on what doesn't itch.”
    Gilda Radner

  • #17
    Mary Oliver
    The Journey

    One day you finally knew
    what you had to do, and began,
    though the voices around you
    kept shouting
    their bad advice --
    though the whole house
    began to tremble
    and you felt the old tug
    at your ankles.
    "Mend my life!"
    each voice cried.
    But you didn't stop.
    You knew what you had to do,
    though the wind pried
    with its stiff fingers
    at the very foundations,
    though their melancholy
    was terrible.
    It was already late
    enough, and a wild night,
    and the road full of fallen
    branches and stones.
    But little by little,
    as you left their voices behind,
    the stars began to burn
    through the sheets of clouds,
    and there was a new voice
    which you slowly
    recognized as your own,
    that kept you company
    as you strode deeper and deeper
    into the world,
    determined to do
    the only thing you could do --
    determined to save
    the only life you could save.”
    Mary Oliver

  • #18
    Sylvia Plath
    “So many people are shut up tight inside themselves like boxes, yet they would open up, unfolding quite wonderfully, if only you were interested in them."

    (Initiation)”
    Sylvia Plath, Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams: Short Stories, Prose and Diary Excerpts

  • #19
    Sylvia Plath
    “That’s one of the reasons I never wanted to get married. The last thing I wanted was infinite security and to be the place an arrow shoots off from. I wanted change and excitement and to shoot off in all directions myself, like the colored arrows from a Fourth of July rocket.”
    Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

  • #20
    Pablo Neruda
    “Here I came to the very edge
    where nothing at all needs saying,
    everything is absorbed through weather and the sea,
    and the moon swam back,
    its rays all silvered,
    and time and again the darkness would be broken
    by the crash of a wave,
    and every day on the balcony of the sea,
    wings open, fire is born,
    and everything is blue again like morning. ”
    Pablo Neruda

  • #21
    Woody Allen
    “To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering one must not love. But then one suffers from not loving. Therefore, to love is to suffer; not to love is to suffer; to suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love. To be happy, then, is to suffer, but suffering makes one unhappy. Therefore, to be happy one must love or love to suffer or suffer from too much happiness.”
    Woody Allen

  • #22
    Sylvia Plath
    “I didn't know why I was going to cry, but I knew that if anybody spoke to me or looked at me too closely the tears would fly out of my eyes and the sobs would fly out of the throat and I'd cry for a week.”
    Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

  • #23
    Sylvia Plath
    “How we need another soul to cling to, another body to keep us warm. To rest and trust; to give your soul in confidence: I need this, I need someone to pour myself into.”
    Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

  • #24
    Henry James
    “Sorrow comes in great waves...but rolls over us, and though it may almost smother us, it leaves us. And we know that if it is strong, we are stronger, inasmuch as it passes and we remain.”
    Henry James

  • #25
    Virginia Woolf
    “The truth is, I often like women. I like their unconventionality. I like their completeness. I like their anonymity. ”
    Virginia Woolf

  • #26
    Pema Chödrön
    “The only reason we don't open our hearts and minds to other people is that they trigger confusion in us that we don't feel brave enough or sane enough to deal with. To the degree that we look clearly and compassionately at ourselves, we feel confident and fearless about looking into someone else's eyes. ”
    Pema Chödrön

  • #27
    Henry David Thoreau
    “Enthusiasm is a supernatural serenity.”
    Henry David Thoreau, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

  • #28
    Flannery O'Connor
    “Grace changes us and change is painful".”
    Flannery O'Connor

  • #29
    Marcel Proust
    “We do not receive wisdom, we must discover it for ourselves, after a journey through the wilderness which no one else can make for us, which no one can spare us, for our wisdom is the point of view from which we come at last to regard the world. The lives that you admire, the attitudes that seem noble to you, have not been shaped by a paterfamilias or a schoolmaster, they have sprung from very different beginnings, having been influenced by evil or commonplace that prevailed round them. They represent a struggle and a victory.”
    Marcel Proust

  • #30
    Anne Rice
    “Ignore any loss of nerve, ignore any loss of self-confidence, ignore any doubt or confusion. Move on believing in love, in peace, and harmony, and in great accomplishment. Remember joy isn't a stranger to you. You are winning and you are strong. Love. Love first, love always, love forever.”
    Anne Rice



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