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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dejan Stojanovic
“Say No! Accept the burdens of revenge.”
Dejan Stojanovic, The Sun Watches the Sun

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

“If you are proud of some things in life, you are also tired of some burdens of life. Pride and burdens go hand in hand. Let go of pride to get rid of burdens.”

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

Richelle E. Goodrich
“What is your hidden story?
What trials don’t you tell?
What inner woe and wounds
Do you keep buried oh so well?

What are the shielded secrets
That gloss your weary eyes?
What unseen dread and pain
Do you keep shrouded in disguise?

Blind to your shackled burdens,
I cannot see your fears.
But written on your soul
I sense a story penned in tears.

I’d pay the price to read it,
To learn whereby you weep.
To comprehend, I swear
Your burning secrets I would keep.

What is your hidden story?
What trials don’t you tell?
What cost in woe and wounds
For me to know you oh so well?”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Being Bold: Quotes, Poetry, & Motivations for Every Day of the Year

“Suffering is not holding you. You are holding suffering. When you become good at the art of letting sufferings go, then you’ll come to realize how unnecessary it was for you to drag those burdens around with you. You’ll see that no one else other than you was responsible. The truth is that existence wants your life to become a festival.”

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Bear anothers burden's to fulfil the law of Christ Jesus.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Jyoti Patel
“The saddest words
I’ve ever heard
are the words
you spoke
before walking away
- the burdens of past”

“Even the mother earth is burdened and is keen to shed us off. It wants to breathe; we are choking it, strangling it. Before it explodes, we must do something to unburden it. I'm looking at the larger picture.”
Mubashar Nawaz and Khurram Shahzad

Tanya Byrne
“But I can't talk to her because she's going through hell and she doesn't need to hear me ranting about a vase. But that happens sometimes, Rose, you want to talk about stuff but you can't because your friends are going through things--real things, painful things-- and you can't talk to them because your stuff doesn't feel as important as theirs.”
Tanya Byrne, Heart-Shaped Bruise

“Think of yourselves as dung beetles. Yes! Dung beetles lug their balls of dung around… We all have our own ball of dung to lug around. We’re all dung beetles, in our own way.”
Ingrid Chabbert, Waves

“Our burdens sometimes seem unbearable. Rarely do we see that each burden, small or large, is an invitation to turn to the Savior. But each burden is precisely that: an invitation to seek Christ’s help. He will—if we will permit it—exchange burdens with us. “My burden,” He promises, “is light.” If we dare to make the exchange, we slowly discover that His burden isn’t heavy. As we surrender the oppressions and wrongs done to us, our flaws, weaknesses, sins, sorrows, and failures to this Willing and Able Bearer of Burdens, we discover that He is also the Great Transformer. Though His atonement, Jesus Christ transforms our heaviest burdens into our greatest blessings. He re-makes us into women and men who are not undone by burdens. He re-makes us into men and women who become capable of carrying our burdens without complaint; even cheerfully. Then, in the moment when His light illuminates what He has done for us, He gently invites us to go and do likewise: to take on the burdens of others and to tell them of the One Whose Burdens are Light; of the One Whose Light Reveals Truth.”
Jean-Michel Hansen, atonment, Transformation, Blessings

Elizabeth von Arnim
“A man once made it a reproach that I should be so happy, and told me everybody has crosses, and that we live in a vale of woe. I mentioned moles as my principal cross, and pointed to the huge black mounds with which they had decorated the tennis–court, but I could not agree to the vale of woe, and could not be shaken in my belief that the world is a dear and lovely place, with everything in it to make us happy so long as we walk humbly and diet ourselves. He pointed out that sorrow and sickness were sure to come, and seemed quite angry with me when I suggested that they too could be borne perhaps with cheerfulness. ‘And have not even such things their sunny side?’ I exclaimed. ‘When I am steeped to the lips in diseases and doctors, I shall at least have something to talk about that interests my women friends, and need not sit as I do now wondering what I shall say next and wishing they would go.’ He replied that all around me lay misery, sin, and suffering, and that every person not absolutely blinded by selfishness must be aware of it and must realise the seriousness and tragedy of existence. I asked him whether my being miserable and discontented would help any one or make him less wretched; and he said that we all had to take up our burdens. I assured him I would not shrink from mine, though I felt secretly ashamed of it when I remembered that it was only moles, and he went away with a grave face and a shaking head, back to his wife and his eleven children. I heard soon afterwards that a twelfth baby had been born and his wife had died, and in dying had turned her face with a quite unaccountable impatience away from him and to the wall; and the rumour of his piety reached even into my garden, and how he had said, as he closed her eyes, ‘It is the Will of God.’ He was a missionary.”
Elizabeth von Arnim, The Solitary Summer

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