My mind was in my heart, anchored like a bright kite in a safe place.— Elizabeth Berg
The most romantic Elizabeth Berg quotes that are easy to memorize and remember
You are born into your family and your family is born into you. No returns. No exchanges.
The seasons tell us, everything in organic life tells us, that there is no holding on; still, we try to do just that. Sometimes, though, we learn the kind of wisdom that celebrates the open hand.
There is incredible value in being of service to others.
I think if many of the people in therapy offices were dragged out to put their finger in a dike, take up their place in a working line, they would be relieved of terrible burdens.
You feel the call. That's the important thing. Now answer it as fully as you can. Take the risk to let all that is in you, out. Escape into the open.
Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels.
I cried until my eyes swelled shut, and then I slept, a black, dreamless sleep from which I awoke amazingly refreshed, at least until I remembered.
There is love in holding and there is love in letting go.
The things that brought me the most comfort now were too small to list.
Raspberries in cream. Sparrows with cocked heads. Shadows of bare limbs making for sidewalk filigrees. Roses past their prime with their petals loose about them. The shouts of children at play in the neighborhood, Ginger Rogers on the black-and-white screen.
Now, on this road trip, my mind seemed to uncrinkle, to breathe, to present to itself a cure for a disease it had not, until now, known it had.
I turn off the radio, listen to the quiet.
Which has its own, rich sound. Which I knew, but had forgotten. And it is good to remember.
I will come back as a little breeze. You will feel me on your face, and you will know that I am still listening. So you can still talk to me.
I like to listen to sad music when I’m sad.
It seems honest. It makes me cry, and sometimes a good cry is the only thing that can make you feel better.
Sometimes serendipity is just intention unmasked.
It feels like some part of me that was curled down and waiting in the dark has risen, and now stands stretching and strong in the sunshine. I knew it.
Outside, the rain sometimes comes down so hard, we have to talk louder, and it feels like a miracle that the roof holds. It makes for a coziness and a gratefulness, too, that you have the choice to not be out in it. You can sit at the table and look out the window and not have to feel what you see.
If I were to draw on a paper what gym does for me, I would make one dot and then I would erase it.
He wore a white shirt with the sleeves rolled up to the good place, and a heart-shaped leaf lay trapped in the hollow if his throat as though it were planned, though of course it was so perfect it couldn't have been planned.
But it seemed to me that this was the way we all lived: full to the brim with gratitude and joy one day, wrecked on the rocks the next. Finding the balance between the two was the art and the salvation.
I felt myself trapped in line for a ride I was not nearly ready for, looking back but moving forward in the only direction I could go.
The heart of myself has always been something just wanting so bad.
I have had an empty center, black as a basement, but also knowing about light and waiting. Young as I am, I know now that everything is about to come. Jimmy will be the place for me to learn the real happiness. He will be my Joy School. My joy. Mine.
It will happen when you're not looking for it. Love likes to take you by surprise.
It seems like people are all the time making themselves themselves, but they don't really know it. You can only have true vision when you look behind. A person can slide so fast into being something they never really intended. I wonder if you can truly resurrect your own self.
There are some things you never say good-bye to
Sometimes you know before you know.
For all it's problems and difficulties, life is mostly a wonderful experience, and it is up to each person to make the most of each day. I hope you are successful in your life, but look to the heavens and the earth and especially to other people to find your real wealth. Wherever I am, wherever you go, know that my love goes with you.
There is incredible value in being of service to others.
It is such a terrifying thing to see a man cry.
Just one look and then I knew that all I longed for long ago was you
You don't get everything all at once. You wait.
The truth is, we usually only show our unhappiness to another woman.
I suppose this is one of our problems. And yet it is also one of our strengths.
One thing I have always been is too short.
It's adorable when you're in junior high. After that, it's a pain in the ass for the rest of your life.
You must never check for a person's pulse using your thumb, or you'll feel your own heartbeat. Actually, I plan on doing that if I'm the one who's here when Ruth dies. I plan on giving her my heartbeat before I let her go.
I believe that the souls of women flatten and anchor themselves in times of adversity, lay in for the stay. I've heard that when elephants are attacked they often run, not away, but toward each other. Perhaps it is because they are a matriarchal society.
I have wanted you to see out of my eyes so many times.
This is one rule about mixing boys and girls: that a date always comes first.
We are assumed to be rather hopeless - swallowed up by incorrect notions, divorced from the original genius with which we are born, lost within days of living this distracting life.
No one wants to mother more vigilantly than a woman who is childless and wishes she wasn’t.
Make time for prayer and reflection; try to understand your value as a man on earth but see, too, your proper place in the scheme of things. It may sound funny to say this, but I have come to see that we are all far more important and less important than we think.
*We give so little when it's in us always to give so much more.
It's bothering to listen with an open heart to someone who smells bad. It's hard.
It is never about how good your voice is;
it is only about feeling the urge to sing, and then having the courage to do it with the voice you are given.
There are random moments - tossing a salad, coming up the driveway to the house, ironing the seams flat on a quilt square, standing at the kitchen window and looking out at the delphiniums, hearing a burst of laughter from one of my children's rooms - when I feel a wavelike rush of joy. This is my true religion: arbitrary moments of of nearly painful happiness for a life I feel privileged to lead.
I made cranberry sauce, and when it was done put it into a dark blue bowl for the beautiful contrast. I was thinking, doing this, about the old ways of gratitude: Indians thanking the deer they'd slain, grace before supper, kneeling before bed. I was thinking that gratitude is too much absent in our lives now, and we need it back, even if it only takes the form of acknowledging the blue of a bowl against the red of cranberries.
Remember me in your dreams, as I will you.
As far as I'm concerned, the most important thing you need when inventing characters is empathy.
I hate banana bread. It's too suspicious-looking. I always thought the cooked banana looked like insect legs.
books are like confort food without the calories
When it's new and important, you have to rest in between times.
And anyway, even when I like a person there is a weariness that comes. I can be with someone and everything is fine and then all of a sudden it can wash over me like a sickness, that I need the quiet of my own self. I need to unload my head and look at what I've got in there so far. See it. Think what it means. I always need to come back to being alone for a while.
Never be afraid of doing the thing you know in your heart is right, even if others don't agree.
I would make an anonymous call and say, this is someone who cares, do you know what kind of children you have?