Burdens Quotes

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Toni Morrison
“You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.”
Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon

Anne Carson
“You remember too much,
my mother said to me recently.
Why hold onto all that? And I said,
Where can I put it down?”
Anne Carson, Glass, Irony and God

Robert Jordan
“Duty is heavy as a mountain, death is light as a feather.”
Robert Jordan

Jonathan Safran Foer
“...people with nothing to declare carry the most.”
Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Christine de Pizan
“[A] person whose head is bowed and whose eyes are heavy cannot look at the light.”
Christine de Pizan, Ditié de Jehanne d'Arc

Criss Jami
“Constantly stopping to explain oneself may expand into a frustrating burden for the rare individual, so ceasing to do so is like finally dropping the weights and sprinting towards his goals. Those who insincerely misunderstand, who intentionally distort the motives of a pure-intentioned individual, then, no longer have the opportunity to block his path; instead, they are the ones left to stand on the sidelines shouting frustratedly in the wind of his trail.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Kamal Ravikant
“The things I carry are my thoughts. That's it. They are the only weight. My thoughts determine whether I am free and light or burdened.”
Kamal Ravikant, Live Your Truth

Anthony Liccione
“Even a rock moves on.”
Anthony Liccione

John Bunyan
“Just as Christian came up to the Cross, his burden loosed from off his shoulders, fell from off his back, and began to tumble down the hill, and so it continued to do till it came to the mouth of the sepulchre. There it fell in, and I saw it no more!”
John Bunyan

Jana Oliver
“You can't carry the world on yer shoulders, broad as they are.”
Jana Oliver, Forbidden

James Baldwin
“I know that people can be better than they are. We are capable of bearing a great burden, once we discover that the burden is reality and arrive where reality is.”
James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

John Ajvide Lindqvist
“That's how you should be. Accept your burden and carry it, with joy.”
John Ajvide Lindqvist

Pierce Brown
“All my people sing of are memories. And so I will remember this death. It will burden me as it does not burden my fellow students -- I must not let that change. I must not become like them. I'll remember that every sin, every death, every sacrifice, is for freedom.”
Pierce Brown, Red Rising

Nema Al-Araby
“Make sure you don't carry the burden of the whole world on your shoulders, just in case someone needed them to cry.”
Nema Al-Araby

Lydia Millet
“It was them and not them, maybe the ones they’d never been. I could almost see those others standing in the garden where the pea plants were, feet planted between the rows. They stood without moving, their faces glowing with some shine a long time gone. A time before I lived. Their arms hung at their sides.

They’d always been there, I thought blearily, and they’d always wanted to be more than they were. They should always be thought of as invalids, I saw. Each person, fully grown, was sick or sad, with problems attached to them like broken limbs. Each one had special needs.

If you could remember that, it made you less angry.

They’d been carried along on their hopes, held up by the chance of a windfall. But instead of a windfall there was only time passing. And all they ever were was themselves.

Still they had wanted to be different. I would assume that from now on, I told myself, wandering back into the barn. What people wanted to be, but never could, traveled along beside them. Company.”
Lydia Millet, A Children's Bible

Stuart Hill
“Oskan, do you really believe that I don’t understand exactly what my soldiers are going through? Do you really think I’m a stranger to burdens?” She almost laughed at the bitter absurdity of it all, but she controlled herself, knowing that if she started, she wouldn’t be able to stop.

“They’re lucky, they only have to worry about a flogging if they break ranks and endanger their own lives again. But if I make a mistake, thousands could die, a country could be lost, and who knows what else could be inflicted on those unlucky enough to survive!” Her voice had slowly risen in strength as she spoke, and suddenly she let everything go in a glorious outpouring of emotion.

“Don’t talk to me about burdens, I drew up the plans for them! How many fourteen-year-olds do you know who rule a kingdom at war, who command an army, who keep together an alliance of more species than she can remember, who’s killed more people than she can count, who waits desperately day in, day out, every living blessed second, for the arrival of allies she’s terrified are going to let her down? Please tell me, Oskan, tell me her name. I’d like to have a cozy chat with her and compare notes! I’d like that, it might make me feel just a little less isolated, and just a little less afraid that at any minute the whole sorry, ludicrous, deadly, hellish mess is going to collapse around me, and everyone will finally find out that I don’t know what I’m doing and that I’m making it up as I go along!”
Stuart Hill, The Cry of the Icemark

Paolo Bacigalupi
“Debts are a heavy burden. Throw them off, and you walk free.”
Paolo Bacigalupi, The Drowned Cities

Tim LaHaye
“All I know is that the closer I get to God, the deeper I get into the Bible, and the heavier the burden seems on my shoulders.”
Tim LaHaye, Tribulation Force

Richard von Weizsäcker
“Wir lernen aus unserer eigenen Geschichte, wozu der Mensch fähig ist. Deshalb dürfen wir uns nicht einbilden, wir seien nun als Menschen anders und besser geworden. Es gibt keine endgültig errungene moralische Vollkommenheit - für niemanden und kein Land! Wir haben als Menschen gelernt, wir bleiben als Menschen gefährdet. Aber wir haben die Kraft, Gefährdungen immer von neuem zu überwinden."

[Ansprache am 8. Mai 1985 in der Gedenkstunde im Plenarsaal des Deutschen Bundestages]
Richard von Weizsäcker

Robert Jordan
“Friends lightened many burdens, even those they did not know of.”
Robert Jordan, New Spring

Louisa May Alcott
“Then let me advise you to take up your little burdens again, for though they seem heavy sometimes, they are good for us, and lighten as we learn to carry them.”
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“The choices that we have made created most of the burdens that we bear. And it is not until our burdens have begun to break us that we begin to understand that we have never stood more than one choice away from being freed from every single one of them. And that dynamic perfectly illustrates the stubbornness of man as held against the love of God.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

“This all makes me think about how often blessings are just burdens in disguise. It reminds me of how gifts always come at a cost — how everything great is terrible.”
Sean Norris, Heaven and Hurricanes

“My grandfather's
name was Arthur, and he talked all the time about

his arthritis but pronounced it autha-itis, so for months
I thought it was a condition unique to him, that he

had his own special burden, just like my brother
and me.”
Michael Kleber-Diggs, Worldly Things

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“The burdens on our backs were probably overnighted from the warehouse of our heart. Therefore, we might want to inventory the warehouse.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Victoria     Lynn
“He looked at her for a long moment, his gaze probing, yet kind, compassion etched into his features as he seemed to contemplate the weight of her words. When he spoke, his words were measured, gentle…and reassuring. “You don’t have to carry this alone, Violet.”
Victoria Lynn, Once I Knew

Victoria     Lynn
“She hadn’t thought it could be an option to live without the pain she carried on a daily basis. She shook her head and cut off her train of thought. It was too much to think about, and she would much rather leave those memories buried deep inside, walled within her emotional fortress. It hurt less that way.”
Victoria Lynn, Once I Knew

Emily R. McCormick
“A small percentage of the weight of sins.” Jake explained. “That’s why they are so heavy.”

Sin weighs heavily on a person, apparently.”
Emily R. McCormick, Holy Bliss

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