Anne Morrow Lindbergh

For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair.Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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The loneliness you get by the sea is personal and alive. It doesn't subdue you and make you feel abject. It's stimulating loneliness.Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few.Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day - like writing a poem or saying a prayer.Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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I feel we are all islands - in a common sea.Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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Men kick friendship around like a football, but it doesn't seem to crack. Women treat it like glass and it goes to pieces.Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach - waiting for a gift from the sea.Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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To give without any reward, or any notice, has a special quality of its own.Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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I have been overcome by the beauty and richness of our life together, those early mornings setting out, those evenings gleaming with rivers and lakes below us, still holding the last light.Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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Don't wish me happiness - I don't expect to be happy it's gotten beyond that, somehow. Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor - I will need them all.Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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It takes as much courage to have tried and failed as it does to have tried and succeeded.Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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What a circus act we women perform every day of our lives. Look at us. We run a tightrope daily, balancing a pile of books on the head. Baby-carriage, parasol, kitchen chair, still under control. Steady now! This is not the life of simplicity but the life of multiplicity that the wise men warn us of.Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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Certain springs are tapped only when we are alone. Women need solitude in order to find again the true essence of themselves; that firm strand which will be the indispensable center of a whole web of human relationships.Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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The only real security is not in owning or possessing, not in demanding or expecting, not in hoping, even. Security in a relationship lies neither in looking back to what it was, nor forward to what it might be, but living in the present and accepting it as it is now.Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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One can never pay in gratitude; one can only pay 'in kind' somewhere else in life.Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere.Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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Those fields of daisies we landed on, and dusty fields and desert stretches. Memories of many skies and earths beneath us - many days, many nights of stars.Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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The punctuation of anniversaries is terrible, like the closing of doors, one after another between you and what you want to hold on to.Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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I must write it all out, at any cost. Writing is thinking. It is more than living, for it is being conscious of living.Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found.Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable.Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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Life is a gift, given in trust - like a child.Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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For sleep, one needs endless depths of blackness to sink into; daylight is too shallow, it will not cover one.Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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I believe that what woman resents is not so much giving herself in pieces as giving herself purposelessly.Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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