That's the nature of being a parent, Sabine has discovered. You'll love your children far more than you ever loved your parents, and -- in the recognition that your own children cannot fathom the depth of your love -- you come to understand the tragic, unrequited love of your own parents.

— Ursula Hegi

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In language that's lyrical and haunting, Cheryl Strayed writes about bliss and loss, about the kind of grace that startles and transforms us in ordinary moments.

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Some acts of faith, I believe, have the power to grant us something infinitely wiser than we imagine

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About endings....unless we do them well, we have to keep repeating them.

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The absence of doubt will turn humans into beasts.

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I don't write for an audience. I write for myself. And if I imagine an audience at all, it's the characters, but I know that I would keep writing even if no one ever published me again, even if no one ever read me again.

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About the different levels of skill involved.

You have to practice before you become a great masturbator.

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What the river was showing her now was that she could flow beyond the brokenness, redeem herself, and fuse once more.

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A perfectly happy marriage? There is no such thing.

There are strong marriages that can survive problems, but happiness is such a brief condition, interrupted by difficulties and plain, boring routine.

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I like to keep myself wrapped in layers of sleep and wait for the geraniums.

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