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12 June 2007 @ 10:37 am
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Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul. –Edward Abbey

Faith took her deep into the woods,
Sat her down,
And asked her to follow her heart. –Melissa Harris

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. –Edith Wharton

You say I am mysterious
Let me explain myself
In a land of oranges
I am faithful to apples
--Elsa Gidlow

Happiness is wanting what you have, not having what you want. –Mark Twain

Watching the moon
At midnight,
Solitary, mid-sky,
I knew myself
Completely
No part left out. –Izumi Shikibu (974-1034)

Woman of a sacred, enchanted place am I…
Mujer del lugar sagrado y encantado soy…

--Maria Sabina (1884-1987)

Tell me what is it
You plan to do with
Your one wild and precious life? –Mary Oliver

To live sacred lives requires that we live at the edge of what we do not know.
–Anne Hillman

We are always afraid to start something that we want to make very good, true, and serious. –Brenda Ueland

There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside you. –Zora Neale Hurston

Surviving meant being born over and over. –Erica Jong

A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us. –Franz Kafka

“It doesn’t do anyone any good to feel guilty all the time. In fact, it’s self-absorbed. In an attempt to get over myself, I made a sign for my apartment that said HOUSE OF LOVE AND BRAGGING. I decided to put my sign up because I’d found—months after the fact!—that good things were happening underground. Friends knew their bad news would be welcomed and comforted, but what about sharing when good things happen? At times I kept good news private, because I honestly thought I should protect my friends, in case they couldn’t handle hearing it and somehow would drop a piano on my head. Which is really condescending and annoying. The result was wonderful. I felt buoyed by their vulnerability in sharing something they were proud of. I, in terun, told more people when things were going well in my own life. Everyone could handle it just fine.”

Excerpted from “House of Love and Bragging,” by Aimee Bender, from The Modern Jewish Girl’s Guide to Guilt, edited by Ruth Andrew Ellenson
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