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Perhaps this why the violin fits the human soul fit so perfectly—only such a simple, mortal object can hold its fragility and turn it into a prayer.
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Kelly Loy Gilbert
“From watching my parents I think being married or being with someone else in any kind of real way takes a certain amount of bravery, and it's not something I'm positive I have in me. To pluck your heart from your chest that way and hand it to someone, unprotected, and wait to see how gently they'll stitch it back in for you, or not--to wake up all those days you're the crappiest version of yourself and face the person who knows you best, morning after morning, year after year.”
Kelly Loy Gilbert, Picture Us in the Light

Louise Glück
“We look at the world once, in childhood. The rest is memory.”
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Kelly Loy Gilbert
“I couldn't bring myself to sing anything during worship and I was still furious at everyone who ever tried to tell me last year God works all things for good, but then during the message I just felt like God was reminding me that the whole history of the world is that it's fallen. He promises redemption someday, just not yet. And in the meantime whole decades' worth of the Bible is just grieving all these broken things.”
Kelly Loy Gilbert, Picture Us in the Light
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Kelly Loy Gilbert
“Art doesn't change the ending. It doesn't let you lose yourself that way--the opposite, really; it calls you from the darkness, into the glaring, unforgiving light. But at least--this is why it will always feel like a calling to me--it lets you not be so alone.”
Kelly Loy Gilbert, Picture Us in the Light
tags: art

Kelly Loy Gilbert
“Other people don't exist just to be your happy ending, you know?”
Kelly Loy Gilbert, Picture Us in the Light

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