I'm not a big Austen reader. I wouldn't say I dislike her, but if I had to choose between her and Eliot to bring to a desert island, it would definitely be Eliot.
My life acccomplishments? Sanity, and you.
God never slams a door in your face without opening a box of Girl Scout cookies.
I've never seen any life transformation that didn't begin with the person in question finally getting tired of their own bullshit.
How could two people who were so in love not end up happily ever after? It had to work. Didn't it?
Marriage is -- among other things -- a study in contradiction and disappointment, and inside that reality there is space for us to truly learn how to love.
Given that life is so short, do I really want to spend one-ninetieth of my remaining days on earth reading Edward Gibbon?
I would say that if you really want to STOP knowing someone, you have to divorce him.
A glorious failure can sometimes be more life affirming than a cautious win.
David was catnip and kryptonite to me.
You have the opposite of poker face. You have like.. miniature golf face.
When you want to do something creative and you want to do something new, you have to start with the thing that's making you want to jump up out of bed in the morning.
Your fear is the most boring thing about you.
Everything really is going to be okay. (And if not okay, then at least comic.).
Mistakes will be made. Failure will occur. You pick yourself up and carry on.
I'm a pleaser. That's my character.
I was a writer before 'Eat, Pray, Love,' and I'll be a writer after it's over. It's what I want to do for the rest of my life.
I wondered, Why have I been chasing happiness my whole life when bliss was here the entire time?
We have hands; we can stand on them if we want to. That's our privilege. That's the joy of a mortal body. And that's why God needs us. Because God loves to feel things through our hands.
In a world of disorder and disaster and fraud, sometimes only beauty can be trusted.
In a world of disorder and disaster and fraud, sometimes only beauty can be trusted. Only artistic excellence is incorruptible. Pleasure cannot be bargained down. And sometimes the meal is the only currency that is real.
The Augusteum warns me not to get attached to any obsolete ideas about who I am, what I represent, whom I belong to, or what function I may once have intended to serve.
This was my moment to look for the kind of healing and peace that can only come from solitude.
One must always be prepared for riotous and endless waves of transformation.
Smile with face, smile with mind, and good energy will come to you and clean away dirty energy.
Most of humanity, he said, have eyes that are so caked shut with the dust of deception they will never see the truth, no matter who tries to help them.
If faith were rational , it wouldn't be -by definition- faith.
When you're lost in those woods, it sometimes takes you a while to realize that you are lost.
When you're lost in those woods, it sometimes takes you a while to realize that you are lost. For the longest time, you can convince yourself that you've just wandered off the path, that you'll find your way back to the trailhead any moment now. Then night falls again and again, and you still have no idea where you are, and it's time to admit that you have bewildered yourself so far off the path that you don't even know from which direction the sun rises anymore.
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.
Balance is not letting anyone love you less than you love yourself.
You have now reached infatuation's final destination--the complete and merciless devaluation of self.
It's easy enough to pray when you're in distress but continuing to pray even when your crisis has passed is like a sealing process, helping your soul hold tight to its good attainment.
The more exquisitely and delightfully you can do nothing, the higher your life's achievement.
Om Namah Shivaya, meaning, I honor the divinity that resides within me.
When the karma of a relationship is done, only love remains. It's safe. Let go.
And then, in that regal silence, finally -- I began to meditate on (and with) God.
I am the planet's most affectionate life-form, something like the cross between a golden retriever and a barnacle.
Resist change at your own peril, Vivian. When something ends, let it end.
Maybe the difference between first marriage and second marriage is that the second time at least you know you are gambling.
Devotion is diligence without assurance. Faith is a way of saying Yes, I pre-accept the terms of the universe and I embrace in advance what I am presently incapable of understanding.
It has never been easy for me to understand why people work so hard to create something beautiful, but then refuse to share it with anyone, for fear of criticism.
We all want things to stay the same. Settle for living in misery because we are afraid of change, of things crumbling to ruins. Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation.
Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation.
You must learn in life to take things more lightly, my dear. The world is always changing. Learn how to allow for it.
As a writer, you always read in two minds: You read as a reader and you enjoy it, and you look at it as a writer, and you just admire the architecture and the construction.
Power is a neutral energy source, like tofu. It's what you do with it that gives it flavor.
Every word was a singing sparrow, a magic trick, a truffle for me. The words made me laugh in delight.
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.
God wants us to be in joy, God wants us to be happy.
A man that can cook you a proper meal that is like a weekday meal -- which I think cannot be better than in the form of a roast chicken -- that's the greatest.
Most of all, I can choose my thoughts.
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.
Who amongst us lives without sacrifice?
I think you have every right to cherry-pick when it comes to moving your spirit and finding peace in God. You take whatever works from wherever you can find it, and you keep moving toward the light.
You take whatever works from wherever you can find it, and you keep moving toward the light.
Let your conscience be your guide.
A woman's place is in the kitchen...sitting in a comfortable chair, with her feet up, drinking a glass of wine and watching her husband cook dinner.
It used to be that god was revealed in the wonders of nature; now God was being challenged by those same wonders. Scholars were now required to choose one side or the other.
Only the young and stupid are confident about sex and romance.
You write fiction, you're writing memoir, and when you're writing memoir, you're writing fiction.
I guess what I want to learn is how to live in this world and enjoy its delights but also devote myself to God.
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.