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David Whyte Quotes

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Honesty allows us to live with not knowing. We do not know the full story; we do not know where we are in the story. We do not know who, ultimately, is at fault or who will carry the blame in the end.  (David Whyte Quotes) There are millions of people living Thoreau’s life of quiet desperation, and they do not have the language to escape from that desperation.  (David Whyte Quotes) Sometimes you have to make a complete disaster of your life in such an epic way that it will be absolutely clear to you what you’ve been doing.  (David Whyte Quotes) What you can plan is too small for you to live. What you can live wholeheartedly will make plans enough for the vitality hidden in your sleep  (David Whyte Quotes) We are the only species on earth capable of preventing our own flowering  (David Whyte Quotes) Eventually we realize that not knowing what to do is just as real and just as useful as knowing what to do. Not knowing stops us from taking false directions. Not knowing what to do, we start to pay real attention. Just as people lost in the wilderness, on a cliff face or in a blizzard pay attention with a kind of acuity that they would not have if they thought they knew where they were. Why? Because for those who are really lost, their life depends on paying real attention. If you think you know where you are, you stop looking  (David Whyte Quotes) Your great mistake is to act the drama as if you were alone  (David Whyte Quotes) What you plan is too small for you to live  (David Whyte Quotes) Inside everyone is a great shout of joy waiting to be born  (David Whyte Quotes) Anything that does not bring you alive is too small for you  (David Whyte Quotes) Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into the conversation  (David Whyte Quotes) The price of our vitality is the sum of all our fears  (David Whyte Quotes) We withdraw not to disappear, but to find another ground from which to see; a solid ground from which to step, and from which to speak again, in a different way, a clear, rested, embodied voice we begin to remember again as our own  (David Whyte Quotes) Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity  (David Whyte Quotes) Silence is like a cradle holding our endeavors and our will; a silent spaciousness sustains us in our work and at the same time connects us to larger worlds that, in the busyness of our daily struggle to achieve, we have not yet investigated. Silence is the soul’s break for freedom  (David Whyte Quotes) Genius is becoming something you were all along  (David Whyte Quotes) Absent the edge, we drown in numbness  (David Whyte Quotes) The truth about our own modest contribution might immobilize us: much easier then, to tell ourselves a story about how much we make our own reality  (David Whyte Quotes) I believe that human beings are desperate, always, to belong to something larger than themselves  (David Whyte Quotes) Courage is the measure of our heartfelt participation with life, with another, with a community, a work, a future. To be courageous, is not necessarily to go anywhere or do anything except to make conscious those things we already feel deeply and then to live through the unending vulnerabilities of those consequences  (David Whyte Quotes) To be human is to become visible while carrying what is hidden as a gift to others  (David Whyte Quotes) I returned to poetry as a more precise way to describe the world, more precise than science  (David Whyte Quotes) Sometimes everything has to be inscribed across the heavens so you can find the one line already written inside you  (David Whyte Quotes) Gratitude arises from paying attention, from being awake in the presence of everything that lives within and without us  (David Whyte Quotes) The ultimate touchstone of friendship is not improvement, neither of the other nor of the self: the ultimate touchstone is witness, the privilege of having been seen by someone and the equal privilege of being granted the sight of the essence of another, to have walked with them and to have believed in them, and sometimes just to have accompanied them for however brief a span, on a journey impossible to accomplish alone  (David Whyte Quotes) And how we are all preparing for that abrupt waking, and that calling, and that moment we have to say yes, except it will not come so grandly, so Biblically, but more subtly and intimately in the face of the one you know you have to love  (David Whyte Quotes) Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into the conversation. The kettle is singing even as it pours you a drink, the cooking pots have left their arrogant aloofness and seen the good in you at last. All the birds and creatures of the world are unutterably themselves. Everything is waiting for you  (David Whyte Quotes) Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into the conversation. Pay attention to everything in the world as if it’s alive. Realize everything has its own discrete existence outside your story. By doing this, you open to gifts and lessons that the world has to give you  (David Whyte Quotes) To feel a full and untrammeled joy is to have become fully generous; to allow our selves to be joyful is to have walked through the doorway of fear, the dropping away of the anxious worried self... the vulnerability of happiness felt suddenly as a strength, a solace and a source, the claiming of our place in the living conversation  (David Whyte Quotes)
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