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391 Inspiring Quotes by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Wikipedia Summary for Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert (born July 18, 1969) is an American journalist and author. She is best known for her 2006 memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, which has sold over 12 million copies and has been translated into over 30 languages. The book was also made into a film of the same name in 2010.




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

--Elizabeth Gilbert




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Maybe the difference between first marriage and second marriage is that the second time at least you know you are gambling.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

ice berg

When I don't know what I'm doing, I look like I don't know what I'm doing. When I'm excited or nervous, I look excited or nervous. And when I am lost, which is frequently, I look lost.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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It's easy enough to pray when you're in distress but continuing to pray even when your crisis has passed is like a sealing process, helping your soul hold tight to its good attainment.

--Elizabeth Gilbert




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The act of quiet nighttime talking, illustrates for me more than anything else the curious alchemy of companionship.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

raging waves through shores

I feel like if I were to get another tattoo, it would probably be those two words. Just stubborn, stubborn, stubborn gladness.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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Most of all, I can choose my thoughts.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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I myself have never been enchanted by the dream of the white wedding, and, heaven help us, the expectation that this exquisitely catered event should be 'the happiest moment' of one's life.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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We can't just follow Paris for the sake of Paris.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

blue white and red flag

Fear -- who cares?

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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

--Elizabeth Gilbert





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One must always be prepared for riotous and endless waves of transformation.

--Elizabeth Gilbert



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Bhuta ia, dewa ia. (Bali expression meaning Man is a demon, man is a god.).

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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For if there is one thing I have learned over the years about men, it is that feelings of powerlessness do not usually bring forth their finest qualities.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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My heart was broken so badly last time that it still hurts. Isn't that crazy? To still have a broken heart almost two years after a love story ends?

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.

--Elizabeth Gilbert





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Mistakes will be made. Failure will occur. You pick yourself up and carry on.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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It's an honor to be in grief. It's an honor to feel that much, to have loved that much.

--Elizabeth Gilbert





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Creativity is a crushing chore and a glorious mystery. The work wants to be made, and it wants to be made through you.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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You can measure the happiness of a marriage by the number of scars that each partner carries on their tongues, earned from years of biting back angry words.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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He was powerful and I died of love in his shadow.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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This is a good sign, having a broken heart. It means we have tried for something..

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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I couldn't care less about evidence and proof and assurances. I just want God. I want God inside me. I want God to play in my bloodstream the way sunlight amuses itself on water.

--Elizabeth Gilbert



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You start whenever you decide to start.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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I guess what I want to learn is how to live in this world and enjoy its delights but also devote myself to God.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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This is intimacy: the trading of stories in the dark.

--Elizabeth Gilbert




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Nothing is so essential as dignity…Time will reveal who has it and who has it not.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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

--Elizabeth Gilbert

castle surrounded fog

Don't rush through the experiences and circumstances that have the most capacity to transform you.

--Elizabeth Gilbert



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God wants us to be in joy, God wants us to be happy.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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I'm still aspiring to be a better and better person, but I think that disappointments have made me gentler with other people and their disappointments, the stuff that they have to carry around and endure.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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There is a reason they call God a presence -- because God is right here, right now. In the present is the only place to find Him, and now is the only time.

--Elizabeth Gilbert





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Life's metaphors are God's instructions.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

black bird

That's your friend. My husband is my best friend. He's not the mirror that holds up my flaws. He's just the guy who's like, 'I think you're terrific'... It's just simple, showing up for each other.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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These days I settle for feeling only 85 percent sure about most things, most of the time. I believe this is keeping me sane, and I also believe that it's keeping me human. In fact, I'm 85 percent sure of it.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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Go back to bed so that, when the tempest comes, you'll be strong enough to deal with it. And the tempest is coming, dear one. Very soon. But not tonight.

--Elizabeth Gilbert



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Every intimacy carries secreted somewhere below its initial lovely surfaces, the ever-coiled makings of complete catastrophe.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

white cow eating green grass

The six elements of her Fail Proof Broken-Heart Curing Treatment: "Vitamin E, get much sleep, drink much water, travel to a place far away from the person you loved, meditate, and teach your heart that this is destiny."

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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The more unsettled and unbalanced we feel, the more quickly and recklessly we are likely to fall in love.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

two gold-colored skeleton keys

You have no idea how strong my love is!

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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Om Namah Shivaya, meaning, I honor the divinity that resides within me.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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We all want things to stay the same. Settle for living in misery because we are afraid of change, of things crumbling to ruins. Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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Given that life is so short, do I really want to spend one-ninetieth of my remaining days on earth reading Edward Gibbon?

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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Plant an expectation; reap a disappointment.

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Dear Lord, please show me everything I need to understand about forgiveness and surrender.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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As a writer, you always read in two minds: You read as a reader and you enjoy it, and you look at it as a writer, and you just admire the architecture and the construction.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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Sanity and clarity are more important for me and I'm willing to give up a lot of shimmer for it. I'm willing to have more boring friends, who are sane.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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Of course you are. I'm sorry for many of the things I've done, too. Everyone is sorry. It's good to be sorry--but don't make a fetish of it.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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I would like to be like Rome when I am an old lady.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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You may return here once you have fully come to understand that you are always here.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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This was my moment to look for the kind of healing and peace that can only come from solitude.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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Is this lifetime supposed to be only about duty?

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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You're wishin' too much, baby. You gotta stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone oughtta be.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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If Todd Willingham was guilty of anything, it was just his self-preservation. He got up and ran out of the house and then thought about the children after the fact.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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Oh, I just want what we all want: a comfortable couch, a nice beverage, a weekend of no distractions and a book that will stop time, lift me out of my quotidian existence and alter my thinking forever.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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People keep asking me how I'm doing, and I'm not always sure how to answer that. It depends on the day. It depends on the minute. Right this moment, I'm OK. Yesterday, not so good. Tomorrow, we'll see.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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And then, in that regal silence, finally -- I began to meditate on (and with) God.

--Elizabeth Gilbert





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You have the opposite of poker face. You have like.. miniature golf face.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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There's a crack (or cracks) in everyone…that's how the light of God gets in.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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It may be that same-sex couples will save the institution of marriage.

--Elizabeth Gilbert




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The number 108 is held to be the most auspicious, a perfect three-digit multiple of three, its components adding up to 9, which is three threes. And 3, of course, is the number representing supreme balance.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

boat docked near house

Who amongst us lives without sacrifice?

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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You are accidentally leaving your DNA all over everything in a novel because it's all coming from you.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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There is a quiet glory in merely making things, and then sharing those things with an open heart and no expectations.

--Elizabeth Gilbert



five woman standing on seashore

There are always two figures in a marriage, two votes, two conflicting sets of decisions, desires and limitations.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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I would say that if you really want to STOP knowing someone, you have to divorce him.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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David was catnip and kryptonite to me.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


black and white bird on seashore

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

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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How could two people who were so in love not end up happily ever after? It had to work. Didn't it?

--Elizabeth Gilbert

chocolate

I am the planet's most affectionate life-form, something like the cross between a golden retriever and a barnacle.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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

--Elizabeth Gilbert

Longer Version:

When you're lost in those woods, it sometimes takes you a while to realize that you are lost. For the longest time, you can convince yourself that you've just wandered off the path, that you'll find your way back to the trailhead any moment now. Then night falls again and again, and you still have no idea where you are, and it's time to admit that you have bewildered yourself so far off the path that you don't even know from which direction the sun rises anymore.


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I was perfectly happy in my boring life before you came along.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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Generally speaking, that's good drama -- the marriage plot or the tragedy -- but the reality of women's lives is that most of us don't get what we wanted, and most of us find ways to have really interesting lives anyway.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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By unnerving definition, anything that the heart has chosen for its own mysterious reasons it can always unchoose later--again, for its own mysterious reasons.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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What kind of God do you believe in? my answer is easy: I believe in a magnificent God.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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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.

--Elizabeth Gilbert



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Generally speaking, though, Americans have an inability to relax into sheer pleasure. Ours is an entertainment-seeking nation, but not necessarily a pleasure-seeking one.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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A lovely evening of new idioms and fresh mozzarella.

--Elizabeth Gilbert



green-leafed plant

Your emotions are the slaves to your thoughts, and you are the slave to your emotions.

--Elizabeth Gilbert



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The problem, simply put, is that we cannot choose everything simultaneously. So we live in danger of becoming paralyzed by indecision, terrified that every choice might be the wrong choice.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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

--Elizabeth Gilbert





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What worked yesterday doesn't always work today.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

sunset highway

So miss him. Send him some love and light every time you think about him, then drop it.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

black portable vinyl records

Embrace the glorious mess that you are.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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I think you have every right to cherry-pick when it comes to moving your spirit and finding peace in God. You take whatever works from wherever you can find it, and you keep moving toward the light.

--Elizabeth Gilbert






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Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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And try not to make a habit of getting engaged in the first place, Vivvie. It can leade to marriage if you're not careful.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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Richard didn't even have time to ask if I thought I'd ever amount to anything in this life before I looked him eye to eye and said, "I already have, mister."

--Elizabeth Gilbert




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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.

--Elizabeth Gilbert



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Being content with what you have already is an art form that leads to a peace that can't be replaced by anything else.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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You have now reached infatuation's final destination--the complete and merciless devaluation of self.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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Religious ceremonies are of paramount importance in Bali ( an island, don't forget, with seven unpredictable volcanoes on it-you would pray, too).

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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Dolce far niente: the pleasure of doing anything.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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Man kan måle sit værd på sin loyalitet over for sine valg, ikke på sine succeser eller fiaskoer.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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I want to be with God all the time. But I don't want to be a monk, or totally give up worldly pleasures. I guess what i want to learn is how to live in this world and enjoy its delights, but also devote myself to God.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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Lucky is the soul whose only troubles are self-inflicted.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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I was a veritable Johnny Appleseed of grand expectations, and all I reaped for my trouble was a harvest of bitter fruit.

--Elizabeth Gilbert



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At some point in a woman's life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time. After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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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.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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Most of us, even if only for two minutes in our lives, have experienced at some time or another an inexplicable and random sense of complete bliss, unrelated to anything that was happening in the outside world.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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You gotta stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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There are times when the only access I have to the truest person that I am is when I'm alone and trying to solve a sentence. It's exciting, even when it's frustrating, even when I can't do it right.

--Elizabeth Gilbert





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I love you, Sister. And I don't use that word lightly! (Neither "love," nor "sister." You embody both).

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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I am a better person when I have less on my plate.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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I wondered, "Why have I been chasing happiness my whole life when bliss was here the entire time?

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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Marriage becomes hard work once you have poured the entirety of your life's expectations for happiness into the hands of one mere person. Keeping that going is hard work.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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The only thing you need to do for now is get some rest and take good care of yourself until you do know the answer.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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I am stronger than depression and I am braver than loneliness and nothing will ever exhaust me.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


light match stick

Dear me, how I love a library.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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Well, just remember -- all your misery will be waiting for you at the door upon your exit, should you care to pick it up again when you leave.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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Creativity is a scavenger hunt. It's your obligation to pay attention to clues, to the thing that gives you that little tweak.

--Elizabeth Gilbert



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Tis' better to live your own life imperfectly than to imitate someone else's perfectly.

--Elizabeth Gilbert



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For the entire decade of my 30s and the early part of my 40s, I didn't write a word of fiction. I just left behind a dream of my life.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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I've never seen any life transformation that didn't begin with the person in question finally getting tired of their own bullshit.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

mountain summit during sunset

The gods are fond of the cryptic and dislike the evident.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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The Yogic path is about disentangling the built-in glitches of the human condition, which I'm going to over-simply define here as the heartbreaking inability to sustain contentment.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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I think of modern marriage as a car strangely fashioned out of an old abandoned horse carriage, built upon the framework of a mule cart. All the original engineering is still there, underneath it all.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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If you're alive, you're a creative person.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

purple and white light illustration

The ingredients of both darkness and light are equally present in all of us,...The madness of this planet is largely a result of the human being's difficulty in coming to viruous balance with himself.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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Sureness is something like a neck brace, which we clamp around our lives, hoping to somehow protect ourselves from the frightening, constant whiplash of change. Sadly, the brace doesn't always hold.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

green plants beside brown wooden door

The beauty and variety of the natural world are merely the visible legacies of endless war.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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I share it here because something was about to occur on that bathroom floor that would change forever the progression of my life..what happened was that I started to pray.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

autumn leaves on body of water

Man is a demon, man is a god. Both true.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

aerial photo of foggy mountains

Oh, cold world -- I have grown so weary of you and all your horrible bathrooms.

--Elizabeth Gilbert



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Every word was a singing sparrow, a magic trick, a truffle for me. The words made me laugh in delight.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

red and pink flowers

I will give you the sun and the rain, and if they are not available, I will give you a sun check and a rain check.

--Elizabeth Gilbert





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In a world of disorder and disaster and fraud, sometimes only beauty can be trusted.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

Longer Version:

In a world of disorder and disaster and fraud, sometimes only beauty can be trusted. Only artistic excellence is incorruptible. Pleasure cannot be bargained down. And sometimes the meal is the only currency that is real.


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If you want to get to the castle, Groceries, you've got to swim the moat.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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In fact, it was all I could do to stop myself from saying, 'I've always been a big fan of your work.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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Whenever I would feel such happiness my guilt alarm went off.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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

--Elizabeth Gilbert




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Your fear is the most boring thing about you.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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Everything really is going to be okay. (And if not okay, then at least comic.).

--Elizabeth Gilbert



woman standing on cliff

A glorious failure can sometimes be more life affirming than a cautious win.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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Every few years, I think, 'Maybe now I'm finally smart enough or sophisticated enough to understand 'Ulysses.'' So I pick it up and try it again. And by page 10, as always, I'm like, 'What the hell?'

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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I am determined to make the most of this life that I have, damn it -- it's that kind of stubbornness I think we all need more of.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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Destiny, I feel, is also a relationship -- a play between divine grace and willful self-effort.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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Zen masters say you cannot see your reflection in running water, only in still water.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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It used to be that god was revealed in the wonders of nature; now God was being challenged by those same wonders. Scholars were now required to choose one side or the other.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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We're miserable because we think that we are mere individuals, alone with our fears and flaws and resentment and mortality.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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Resist change at your own peril, Vivian. When something ends, let it end.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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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.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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As the saying goes, "Argue for your limitations and you get to keep them." Why would I want to keep my limitations?

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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I saw the apartment almost as a sanatorium, a hospice clinic for my own recovery. I painted the walls in the warmest colors I could find and bought myself flowers every week, as if I were visiting myself in the hospital.

--Elizabeth Gilbert





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Only the young and stupid are confident about sex and romance.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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If faith were rational , it wouldn't be -by definition- faith.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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Let your conscience be your guide.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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Nobody until very recently would have thought that their husband was supposed to be their best friend, confidante, intellectual soul mate, co-parent, inspiration.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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I wonder if I am capable of being somebody's sun, somebody's everything. Am I centered enough now to be the center of somebody else's life?

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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Everybody imitates before they can innovate.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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Devotion is diligence without assurance. Faith is a way of saying "Yes, I pre-accept the terms of the universe and I embrace in advance what I am presently incapable of understanding.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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Nobody's really paying that much attention to your massive personal dramas.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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As for discipline--it's important, but sort of overrated. The more important virtue for a writer, I believe, is self-forgiveness. Because your writing will always disappoint you. Your laziness will always disappoint you.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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You must learn in life to take things more lightly, my dear. The world is always changing. Learn how to allow for it.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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Smile with face, smile with mind, and good energy will come to you and clean away dirty energy.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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In desperate love, we always invent the characters of our partners, demanding they be what we need of them, and then feeling devastated when they refuse to perform the role we created in the first place.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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We have hands; we can stand on them if we want to. That's our privilege. That's the joy of a mortal body. And that's why God needs us. Because God loves to feel things through our hands.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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I don't think you can come into your wisdom until you have made mistakes on your own skin and felt them in reality of your own life.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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I've come to realize that the contemporary creative culture is not generating the best possible outcome.

--Elizabeth Gilbert




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And love is always complicated. But still humans most try to love each other, darling. We must get out hearts broken sometimes. This is a good sign, having a broken heart. It means we have tried for something.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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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.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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The Yogic scriptures say that God responds to the sacred prayers and efforts of human beings in any way whatsoever that mortals choose to worship -- just so long as those prayers are sincere.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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That's when Felipe from Brazil asked me in the most natural and relaxed of ways (almost as if he were wondering if we should get a bite to eat), 'Shouldn't we have an affair together, Liz? What do you think?' 283.

--Elizabeth Gilbert




pink dahlia in bloom

I'm a pleaser. That's my character.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

blue rose

I was a writer before 'Eat, Pray, Love,' and I'll be a writer after it's over. It's what I want to do for the rest of my life.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

two clown fishes underwater

It's what I call the haute couture, high-end version of fear perfectionism. It's just fear in really good shoes. But it's still fear.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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Balance is not letting anyone love you less than you love yourself.

--Elizabeth Gilbert



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I actually have a great deal of respect for antidepressants; I think they can be enormously mighty tools toward recovery.

--Elizabeth Gilbert




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Marriage is a strange combination of dream and reality, and we spend our lives as couples trying to negotiate that divide.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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When you want to do something creative and you want to do something new, you have to start with the thing that's making you want to jump up out of bed in the morning.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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The fantasy of the wedding day is that it represents undeniable public and private truth that you have been chosen. For that one day, you are the most valuable creature in the world -- a treasure, a princess, a prize.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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Most of humanity, he said, have eyes that are so caked shut with the dust of deception they will never see the truth, no matter who tries to help them.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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Even in the worst tragedies and crisis, there's no reason to add to everyone's misery by looking miserable yourself.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

black Corona typewriter on brown wood planks

We don't realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

Longer Version:

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 is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own 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 leave.

A soul mates purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life, then introduce you to your spiritual master.




black bird flying on white background

Power is a neutral energy source, like tofu. It's what you do with it that gives it flavor.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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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.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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The Augusteum warns me not to get attached to any obsolete ideas about who I am, what I represent, whom I belong to, or what function I may once have intended to serve.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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I have searched frantically for contentment for so many years in so many ways, and all the acquisitions and accomplishments- they run you down in the end.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

rock formation in body of water

I believe in miracles, I believe in the Law of Attraction, but even I don't think I'm big enough to manifest five Asian elephants cloaked in gold.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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Look -- I understand that an unexamined life is not worth living, but do you think I could someday have an unexamined lunch?

--Elizabeth Gilbert



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A woman's place is in the kitchen...sitting in a comfortable chair, with her feet up, drinking a glass of wine and watching her husband cook dinner.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

brown humming bird flying in mid air

The appreciation of pleasure can be the anchor of humanity.

--Elizabeth Gilbert



Arizona landscape rain

I'm choosing happiness over suffering, I know I am. I'm making space for the unknown future to fill up my life with yet-to-come surprises.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

two women making peace sign near the Golden Gate bridge

A true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that's holding you back.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

Longer Version:

A true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.



blue rose with water droplet

The more exquisitely and delightfully you can do nothing, the higher your life's achievement.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

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I'm not a big Austen reader. I wouldn't say I dislike her, but if I had to choose between her and Eliot to bring to a desert island, it would definitely be Eliot.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


blue flowers in tilt shift lens

Give your mind a job to do, or else it will find a job to do, and you might not like the job it invents.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


smiling woman

Never forget that once upon a time, in an unguarded moment, you recognized yourself as a friend.

--Elizabeth Gilbert






sunset

Our relationship now thoroughly ruined, with even civility destroyed between us, all I wanted anymore was the door.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

yellow sunflower in close up photography

I think another way that you can really harm yourself as an artist is by buying into the mythology that it's really important.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


two blue beach chairs near body of water

The emotional place where a marriage begins is not nearly as important as the emotional place where a marriage finds itself toward the end, after many years of partnership.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

Clear blue ocean washing on the sandy shore on a clear day in Cancún

Psychologists suggest that we must reach back at least three generations to look for clues whenever we begin untangling the emotional legacy of any one family's history.

--Elizabeth Gilbert



a man walks alone in the haze

Marriage is -- among other things -- a study in contradiction and disappointment, and inside that reality there is space for us to truly learn how to love.

--Elizabeth Gilbert



two white flowers

You write fiction, you're writing memoir, and when you're writing memoir, you're writing fiction.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

adult Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog

It all goes away. Eventually, everything goes away.

--Elizabeth Gilbert




white tulip flower in close up photography

If you are given only one opportunity to speak, be certain your voice is heard.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

white paint palette with black paint beside ink bottle and paint brush

My life acccomplishments? Sanity, and you.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

brown wooden dock under night sky

The great lack of parity between husbands and wives has always been spawned by the disproportionate degree of self-sacrifice that women are willing to make on behalf of those they love.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

woman on seashore near island under blue sky

A man that can cook you a proper meal that is like a weekday meal -- which I think cannot be better than in the form of a roast chicken -- that's the greatest.

--Elizabeth Gilbert



desert under blue skies

It has never been easy for me to understand why people work so hard to create something beautiful, but then refuse to share it with anyone, for fear of criticism.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

three boys running on field

Absolute certainty is not something I strive for anymore. I've learned the hard way that destiny usually looks upon our most strident convictions with amusement, or perhaps even pity.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


woman in black shirt standing on yellow flower field during daytime

Nothing is less efficient than perfectionism.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

close-up photography of heart shaped fairy lite on brown sand

At some point, you gotta let go, and sit still, and allow contentment to come to you.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

blue painted concrete wall during daytime

It is completely acceptable to be tired because it means you're working hard. But it's not acceptable to be stressed because that means things are going wrong or your head is broken.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

purple and blue light illustration

I know I'm not a self-indulgent idiot; I also know I'm not the second coming of Deepak Chopra. If I had believed either of those, or both, as some people do when they get famous, that's when the mental illness arrives.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

green leafed tree on body of water under starry sky

You take whatever works from wherever you can find it, and you keep moving toward the light.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


woman doing yoga meditation on brown parquet flooring

Women are capable of enduring a tremendous amount of disappointment and still have a good life.

--Elizabeth Gilbert



person standing on top of mountain

When the karma of a relationship is done, only love remains. It's safe. Let go.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

Learn your way around loneliness. Make a map of it. Sit with it, for once in your life. Welcome to the human experience.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

red flower in white background

The Balinese don't wait and see "how things go." That would be terrifying. They organize how things go, in order to keep things from falling apart.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


yellow bee beside purple petaled flower during daytime

Creativity is a gift to the creator not just a gift to the audience.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


pink rose

A true soul mate is probably the most important person you'll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


purple flowered hedge plants

Despite having written five books, I worry that I have not written the right kinds of books, or that perhaps I have dedicated too much of my life to writing, and have therefore neglected other aspects of my being.

--Elizabeth Gilbert


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