"Now I become myself. It’s taken
Time, many years and places;
I have been dissolved and shaken,
Worn other people’s faces, run madly…
Now to stand stilll, to be here,
Feel my own weight and density!
All fuses now, falls into place,
Gathered into one intense
Gesture of growing."
- May Sarton
"Only connect! Live in fragments no longer... "
- E M Forster
"Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart. And try to love the questions themselves."
- Rainer Maria Rilke
"It is never too late to be what you might have been."
- George Eliot
“I know the bottom, she says. I know it with my great tap root:
It is what you fear.
I do not fear it: I have been there.”
- Sylvia Plath
""How many of us have responded to early damage by growing more thickly, by making more flowers than we might otherwise have done? ... Just as the seed must grow beneath the ground establishing firm roots to uphold its growth, so our inner growth must be well rooted and nourished, until it is ready to be harvested."
- Patricia Monaghan
"What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us. When we bring what is within us out into the world, miracles happen."
- Henry Thoreau
My therapist ... had always used the metaphor of a fun house mirror to describe how we make sense of our families of origin. For a decade she'd been shepherding me away from my weird, wobbly ... freak reflections into a brand-new way of seeing myself, clear as Baccarat crystal."
- Jill Soloway
"You need two things in a relationship. You need the will to make it work and you need to be able to make compromises. It's not hard to be right, but then you are right and alone."
- Esther Perel