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By Anonym 14 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

It's not enough for me to just hear about something or read about something, I wanna know it in my bones.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

Travel is similar to therapy. You can go to the best psychologist in the world for ten years. If you don't feel like actively shifting anything in your life, there is nothing that person can do to change you.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

Sometimes out hearts are broken so new light can get in.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

The resting place of the mind is the heart. The only thing the mind hears all day is clanging bells and noise and argument, and all it wants is quietude. The only place the mind will ever find peace is inside the silence of the heart. That's where you need to go.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

I remember asking myself one night, while I was curled up in the same old corner of my same old couch in tears yet again over the same old repetition of sorrowful thoughts, 'Is there ANYTHING about this scene you can change, Liz?' And all I could think to do was stand up, whle still sobbing, and try to balance on one foot in the middle of the living room. Just to prove that - while I couldn't stop the tears or change my dismal interior dialogue - I was not yet totally out of control: at least I could cry hysterically while balanced on one foot.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

It starts by forgetting about perfect. We don’t have time for perfect. In any event, perfection is unachievable: It’s a myth and a trap and a hamster wheel that will run you to death. The writer Rebecca Solnit puts it well: “So many of us believe in perfection, which ruins everything else, because the perfect is not only the enemy of the good; it’s also the enemy of the realistic, the possible, and the fun... The most evil trick about perfectionism, though, is that it disguises itself as a virtue.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

One year, Alma bought Prudence- who liked to draw flowers (beautifully, though not 'accurately')- a lovely book on botanical illustration called "Every Lady Her Own Drawing Master: A New Treatise on Flower Painting." That same year, Prudence made for Alma an exquisite satin pincushion, rendered in Alma's favorite color, aubergine.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

My life acccomplishments? Sanity, and you

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

When it comes to women, get your life together first. Put on your own oxygen mask first. Figure out who you are. Mature. And then go find somebody to share that life with.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

I see a lot of women who can't travel when they're young, and then their kids grow up and they become amazing adventurers. Travel is not only for the young. Sometimes it's wasted on the young.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

I used to say, 'Man, I think I'd be a really good dad. I'll be a great provider. I'm funny; I'll go on trips with them - I'll do all sorts of stuff.' But the momming? I'm not made for that. I have a really good mom; I know what she put into it.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

The Buddha taught that most problems - if only you give them enough time and space - will eventually wear themselves out.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

whenever I would feel such happiness my guilt alarm went off

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

I spent a week living as a man. Which was actually, I'm sorry to say, embarrassingly easy for me to do.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

Your problem is you don't understand what that word means. People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that's what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that's holding you back, the person who brings you to your attention so you can change your life. A true soul mate is probably the most important person you'll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then they leave.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

Marriage is not simply a romantic union between two people; it's also a political and economic contract of the highest order.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

When you have only two minutes to say good-bye to the person you love most in the world, and you don’t know when you’ll see each other again, you can become logjammed with the effort to say and do and settle everything at once.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

From the most sacred ancient text of Yoga: Oh Krishna, the mind is restless, turbulent, strong, and unyielding. I consider it as difficult to subdue as the wind.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

She did not need a library; she was a library.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

When I diagnose my depression now, I think it was partially about saying goodbye to these kids that I always expected to have but already knew that I wouldn't.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

Do what you love to do, and do it with both seriousness and lightness. At least then you will know that you have tried and that--whatever the outcome--you have traveled a noble path.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

God wants us to be in joy, God wants us to be happy. Because of this extraordinary consciousness and this great ability for wonder and marvel, and without denying any of the terrors and horrors of the world, we also have an obligation toward joy and toward miracle and excitement.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

I was doing something I'd never done before. And what will I be able to do tomorrow that I cannot yet do today?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

You can butcher the sheep only once. But if you are careful, you can shear the sheep every year.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

I realized as a songwriter that all I really do is make jewelry for the inside of other people's minds.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

Stop treating your creativity like it’s a tired, old, unhappy marriage (a grind, a drag) and start regarding it with the fresh eyes of a passionate lover. Even if you have only fifteen minutes a day in a stairwell alone with your creativity, take it. Go hide in that stairwell and make out with your art.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

Change is all about motion, motion is all about uncertainty and we are deeply uncomfortable with uncertainty.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

Do you think there's any way humans can love each other without complication?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

I've always been afraid of saying no to people because I don't want them to be disappointed and dislike me.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

Venice is beautiful, but like a Bergman movie is beautiful; you can admire it, but you don't really want to live in it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

What I think is amazing is not that 85% of people who get married under the age of 25 get divorced, it's that 15% of them stay together. How did they manage to pull that off? You almost can't wait too long. It's the single simplest measure to predict divorce.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

It's still two human beings trying to get along, so it's going to be complicated. And love is always complicated. But humans must try to love each other, darling. We must get our hearts broken sometimes. This is a good sign, having a broken heart. It means we have tried for something.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

Where did you get the idea you aren't allowed to petition the universe with prayer? You are part of this universe, Liz. You're a constituent--you have every entitlement to participate in the actions of the universe, and to let your feelings be known. So, put your opinion out there. Make your case. Believe me--it will at least be taken into consideration.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

He endeared himself to me forever the first night we met, when I was getting frustrated with my inability to find the words I wanted in Italian, and he put his hand on my arm and said, "Liz, you must be very polite with yourself when you are learning something new.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

You can measure your worth by your dedication to your path, not by your successes or failures

By Anonym 16 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

I have never created anything in my life that did not make me feel, at some point or another, like I was the guy who just walked into a fancy ball wearing a homemade lobster costume.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

I had always been taught that the pursuit of happiness was my natural (even national) birthright. It is the emotional trademark of my culture to seek happiness. Not just any kind of happiness, either, but profound happiness, even soaring happiness. And what could possibly bring a person more soaring happiness than romantic love.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

I think when you are an aspiring writer, you must write every day. It's not as though anybody will call you up on the phone and say, "I understand you are a very promising, aspiring writer and I'm going to give you this assignment." You have to create it yourself or it's never going to happen.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

But doesn't that make sense? That the infinite would be, indeed... infinite? That even the most holy amongst us would only be able to see scattered pieces of the eternal picture at any given time? And that maybe if we could collect those pieces and compare them, a story about God would begin to emerge that resembles and includes everyone? And isn't our individual longing for transcendence all just part of this larger human search for divinity? Don't we each have the right to not stop seeking until we get as close to the source of wonder as possible? Even if it means coming to India and kissing trees in the moonlight for a while?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

When you're lost in those woods, it sometimes takes you a while to realize that you are lost.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

God never slams a door in your face without opening a box of Girl Scout cookies.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

I was the baby of the family, but I was never babied, and that allowed me to take whatever artistic temperament I had and apply learned discipline. I was taught how to work. I think that's everything. Creativity and imagination alone are not going to get you there.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

I tried to reassure him with every line about how the world is hard and unfair sometimes, but that it's all OK because he is so loved. He is surrounded by souls who would do anything to help him. And not only that--he has wisdom and patience of his own, buried deep inside his being, which will only reveal themselves over time and will always carry him through any trial. He is a gift from God to all of us.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

He is only happy when he can maintain himself - mentally and spiritually - at the intersection between a vertical line and horizontal one, in a state of perfect balance. For this, he needs to know where he is located every moment, both in his relationship to the divine and to his family here on earth. If he loses that balance, he loses his power.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

Admittedly, I am not the one who looks fantastic in everything, but still I cannot help loving myself.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

But what if, either by choice or by reluctant necessity, you end up not participating in this comforting cycle of family and continuity? What if you step out? Where do you sit at the reunion? How do you mark time's passage without the fear that you've just frittered away your time on earth without being relevant? You'll need to find another purpose, another measure by which to judge whether or not you have been a successful human being. I love children, but what if I don't have any? What kind of person does that make me? Virginia Woolf wrote, "Across the broad continent of a woman's life falls the shadow of a sword." On one side of that sword, she said, there lies convention and tradition and order, where "all is correct." But on the other side of that sword, if you're crazy enough to cross it and choose a life that does not follow convention, "all is confusion. Nothing follows a regular course." Her argument was that the crossing of the shadow of that sword may bring a far more interesting existence to a woman, but you can bet it will also be more perilous.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

We're already separated that's official but there's still a window of hope left open that perhaps someday we could give things another try.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

I love my friends and family, but I also love it when they can't find me and I can spend all day reading or walking all alone, in silence, eight thousand miles away from everyone. All alone and unreachable in a foreign country is one my most favorite possible things to be.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Elizabeth Gilbert

George thrust into Alma's hand a lithograph of a spotted 'Catasetum.' The orchid had been rendered so magnificently that it seemed to grow off the page. Its lips were spotted red against yellow, and appeared moist, like living flesh. Its leaves were lush and thick, and its bulbous roots looked as though one could shake actual soil off them. Before Alma could thoroughly take in the beauty, George handed her another stunning print- a 'Peristeria barkeri,' with its tumbling golden blossoms so fresh they nearly trembled. Whoever had tinted this lithograph had been a master of texture as well as color; the petals resembled unshorn velvet, and touches of albumen on their tips gave each blossom a hint of dew. Then George handed her another print, and Alma could not help but gasp. Whatever this orchid was, Alma had never seen it before. Its tiny pink lobes looked like something a fairy would don for a fancy dress ball.