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...
Even in the worst tragedies and crisis, there's no reason to add to everyone's misery by looking miserable yourself.
I am the planet's most affectionate life-form, something like the cross between a golden retriever and a barnacle.
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.
Let your conscience be your guide.
Our relationship now thoroughly ruined, with even civility destroyed between us, all I wanted anymore was the door.
The more exquisitely and delightfully you can do nothing, the higher your life's achievement.
Well, I always tried to look nice and be feminine even in the worst tragedies and crisis, there's no reason to add to everyone's misery by looking miserable yourself. That's my philosophy. This is why I always wore makeup and jewelry into the jungle-nothing too extravagant, but maybe just a nice gold bracelet and some earrings, a little lipstick, good perfume. Just enough to show that I still had my self-respect.
You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That's the only thing you should be trying to control.
At some point, you gotta let go, and sit still, and allow contentment to come to you.
Every word was a singing sparrow, a magic trick, a truffle for me. The words made me laugh in delight.
I crossed the street to walk in the sunshine.
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?
Look for God. Look for God like a man with his head on fire looks for water.
People think that 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 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.
The mosquitoes here are big enough to rape a Chicken!
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.
Your father only has one foot on this earth. And really, really long legs . . .
Big deal. So you fell in love with someone. Don't you see what happened? This guy touched a place in your heart deeper than you thought you were capable of reaching, I mean you got zapped, kiddo. But that love you felt, that's just the beginning. You just got a taste of love. That's just limited little rinky-dink mortal love. Wait till you see how much more deeply you can love than that. Heck, Groceries-you have the capacity to someday love the whole world. It's your destiny. Don't laugh.
Everyone makes their own path, and I must make mine. The Bhagavad Gita - and ancient Indian Yogic text - says that it is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else's life perfectly. So now I have started living my own life. Imperfect and clumsy as it may look, it is resembling me now, thoroughly. It is mine.
I do not need to love you to prove that I love myself!!
I would say that if you really want to STOP knowing someone, you have to divorce him.
Look--I understand that an unexamined life is not worth living, but do you think I could someday have an unexamined lunch?
Please go to this pizzeria. Order the margherita pizza with double mozzarella. If you do not eat this pizza when you are in Naples, please lie to me and tell me that you did.
The mysterious magnet is either there, buried somewhere deep behind the sternum, or it is not.
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.
Zen masters say you cannot see your reflection in running water, only in still water.
But at some point you have to make peace with what you were given and if God wanted me to be a shy girl with think, dark hair, He would have made me that way, but He didn't. Useful, then, might be to accept how I was made and embody myself fully therein.
Felipe and I, as we discover to our delight, are a perfectly matched, genetically engineered belly-to-belly success story.
I equal parts loved him and could not stand him. I couldn't wake him to share in my distress.
If I'd had any way of knowing that things were- as Lily Tomlin once said- going to get a whole lot worse before they got worse, I'm not sure how I would have slept that night.
Looking for Truth is not some kind of spazzy free-for-all, not even during this, the great age of the spazzy free-for-all.
Prayer is a relationship; half the job is mine. If I want transformation, but can't even be bothered to articulate what, exactly, I'm aiming for, how will it ever occur? Half the benefit of prayer is in the asking itself, in the offering of a clearly posed and well-considered intention. If you don't have this, all your pleas and desires are boneless, floppy, inert; they swirl at your feet in a cold fog and never lift.
The sweetness of doing nothing.
What a large number of factors constitute a single human being! How very many layers we operate on, and how very many influences we receive from our minds, our bodies, our histories, our families, our cities, our souls and our lunches!
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 pictures 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?
Four feet on the ground, a head full of foliage, looking at the world through the heart...
I felt like I was some kind of primitive spring-loaded machine, placed under far more tension than it had ever been built to sustain, about to blast apart at great danger to anyone standing nearby. I imagined my body parts flying off my torso in order to escape the volcanic core of unhappiness that had become: me.
If something is rubbing so hard against you, you can be sure it's working on you.
Man is a demon, man is a god. Both true.
Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation.
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.
What do I believe that I deserve in this life?
But is it such a bad thing to live like this for just a little while? Just for a few months of one's life, is it so awful to travel through time with no greater ambition than to find the next lovely meal? Or to learn how to speak a language for no higher purpose than that it pleases your ear to hear it? Or to nap in a garden, in a patch of sunlight, in the middle of the day, right next to your favourite fountain? And then to do it again the next day?
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.
I guess what I want to learn is how to live in this world and enjoy its delights but also devote myself to God.
If you want to get to the castle, Groceries, you've got to swim the moat.
Man is neither a puppet of the gods, nor is he entirely the captain of his own destiny; he's a little of both.
Smile with face, smile with mind, and good energy will come to you and clean away dirty energy.
There are always two figures in a marriage, two votes, two conflicting sets of decisions, desires and limitations.
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