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Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story by Jewel
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“Words can be said easily, but one can't fake actions.”
Jewel, Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story
“I will shrink myself no longer to make any human feel secure”
Jewel, Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story
“The truth is that no one can keep you captive. No one can keep you unhappy. No one can keep you abused. Our lives rise to the level we accept. I do believe we can rise from the screaming blood of our losses, of extreme pain, physically debilitating emotion, psychological neglect, and apathy, and not merely survive, but thrive. We do not need to let our histories or our losses define us except in the way we choose. We can use them as fuel to create real depth, beauty, connectedness, and compassion in our lives. Our stories can make us exceptional people, not damaged ones. If we choose to be truthful with ourselves. And if we choose to digest and release the pain rather than try to avoid it. This is how pain accumulates and creates more pain, leading to neurosis, pathology, and brittleness of spirit.”
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“I wrote a line in a song once: “We are never broken.” I believe that truly. It is a hard-earned belief, and rose out of many years of experiencing the opposite. I believe we forget who we are over time, and in our state of forgetfulness we struggle and employ all kinds of learned behaviors that don’t necessarily help us or bring us happiness. Each of us has a self that exists undamaged and whole, from the moment we are born, waiting to be reclaimed. My life has not been about fixing what is broken. It has been about engaging in a loving and tender archaeological dig back to my true self.”
Jewel, Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story
“Carrying anger with you is like lighting your own house on fire to get rid of rats. The rats run to safety while you burn yourself down. Forgive. Let go. Heal.”
Jewel, Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story
“True cynics kill themselves. The rest are posers, trying to use clever sarcasm and snarky remarks to hide insecurity and the fear that if they put themselves out there, they will fail.”
Jewel, Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story
“Hatred is hurt masquerading-it is an energy used to fool someone into thinking they are frightening when in truth they are frightened.”
Jewel, Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story
“Greatness is never achieved by trying to imitate the greatness of another. Greatness is chipping away at all that does not belong to you and then expressing yourself so truly that others can’t help but recognize it.”
Jewel, Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story
“I believe we forget who we are over time, and in our state of forgetfulness we struggle and employ all kinds of learned behaviors that don't necessarily help us or bring us happiness. Each of us has a self that exists undamaged and whole, from the moment we are born waiting to be reclaimed.”
Jewel, Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story
“And believing that we are broken is the same as being broken. It means we experience ourselves that way. That perception shapes our reality. It is an illusion we must strive to avoid, as great misery comes from such a belief.”
Jewel, Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story
“Betrayal converts our innocence to wisdom if we can let go of pain, bitterness, and fear and create enough self-love and safety for ourselves to allow it to do so.”
Jewel, Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story
“Hurt people can become hurtful,”
Jewel, Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story
“Audiences don't care if you sing correctly. They care if they feel something. If they don't, they forget you. Emotional honesty creates loyalty and a lifelong connection above all else.”
Jewel, Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story
“I watched love and life play out in a million ways, but one of the best things I learned was this: You don't outrun pain.”
Jewel, Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story
“My innocence is not lost—it has been converted into wisdom. The sensation we call "breaking" is the pain that comes from resisting the truth. Life broke parts of me that needed to fall away for me to live an open and truthful life.”
Jewel, Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story
“Informed optimism is different from a willful ignorance that simply wishes not to see the bad in the world. Seeing the truth and choosing every day to see it, letting life break your heart but doing something about it took courage. It was not about hiding your head in the sand but rather digging in, accepting the challenges, and doing the hard work it takes not just to complain about a problem but to be the solution.”
Jewel, Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story
“This is the best worst time of my life.”
Jewel, Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story
“We cannot always control or avoid what happens to us, but we can control what it does to our spirit.”
Jewel, Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story
“A soul cannot be broken. It is not a teacup. If you have suffered abuse of any kind, know that perfection exists untarnished within you.”
Jewel, Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story
“All artists give birth. It's alchemy and it's really an amazing process.”
Jewel, Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story
“We really become one—we might wear different clothes or have different sexual preferences or lifestyles than the person next to us, but really those are just details. The person inside is looking for the same thing as their neighbor—freedom, expression, acceptance, love.”
Jewel, Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story
“The truest treasure is a soul who believes in its own existence”
Jewel, Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story
“You have to know what you want to ever be able to have it.”
Jewel, Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story
“Being idolized and being torn down felt oddly similar. They both made me feel alone.
Friendship and trust should be earned, and when you're famous, people seem to want to give them to you whether you've earned them or not, and it felt dishonest to me. Fame was not real. It was all a projection—fame made me a blank canvas that people projected their love, lust, troubles, self-worth, and desire upon.
Fame and power do not change us, they amplify us.”
Jewel, Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story
“Unfelt feelings don’t cease to exist; they stay bottled up in our minds and our bodies. They dissipate when given expression. A heart can break only if it is closed—if it remains open there is nothing to break.”
Jewel, Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story
“Spend time in silence. Take time to get to know yourself and your genius in stillness.”
Jewel, Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story
“You can boil down all interactions to two categories: ones that grow love and ones that diminish it. Choose love.”
Jewel, Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story
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“As children, we are taught what I call Emotional English. This is an emotional language we are taught in our homes, and just like our spoken language, the emotional language we speak most fluently as adults is the one we learned as children. What we are taught about interacting emotionally with each other and the world is modeled for us by our families, and is what we will grow up doing. No matter how frustrating , damaging, and frightening it is, we will perpetuate the examples of our parents and family -- unless we can learn new ones. The tricky thing is that a person can go to school to learn a new language, we can find classes anywhere, in any town, but how do we learn a new emotional way of relating to our lives, loved ones, and most important, to ourselves?”
Jewel, Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story
“I learned years later that my gratitude practice actually helped me form new neural pathways. The hippie rituals of positive affirmations are not just baloney. Gratitude doesn’t exist only in your mind—you have to feel it in your whole being. Feelings are the shadows of thoughts. When we have negative thoughts, our emotions mirror them with anxiety. You can often see what you are thinking by reverse engineering and studying your feelings.”
Jewel, Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story
“One man came up to me at a taco stand and said, "I have no idea who you are, but I can see everyone is staring at you, so you must be somebody. I just wanted to tell you that you are not that special. You're no more special than me." I looked at him with a mouth full of food and managed to say, "Thanks. I agree," and promptly asked the waitress for a to go box.”
Jewel, Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story

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