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Anne Morrow Lindbergh
June 22, 1906 - February 7, 2001
Nationality: American
Category: Writer
Subcategory: American Writer

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.

   

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

   

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.

   

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.

   

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

   

After all, I don't see why I am always asking for private, individual, selfish miracles when every year there are miracles like white dogwood.

   

The wave of the future is coming and there is no fighting it.

   

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.

   

One can never pay in gratitude: one can only pay 'in kind' somewhere else in life.

   

There are no signposts in the sky to show a man has passed that way before. There are no channels marked. The flier breaks each second into new uncharted seas.

   

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

   

The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere.

   

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

    Topics: Courage

By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacationless class.

   

When the wedding march sounds the resolute approach, the clock no longer ticks, it tolls the hour. The figures in the aisle are no longer individuals, they symbolize the human race.

   

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

   

Grief can't be shared. Everyone carries it alone. His own burden in his own way.

   

America, which has the most glorious present still existing in the world today, hardly stops to enjoy it, in her insatiable appetite for the future.

   

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.

   

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

   

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