"Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation."

"'Tis better to live your own life imperfectly than to imitate someone else's perfectly."

 "Balance is not letting anyone love you less than you love yourself."

"People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that's what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life. A true soul mate is probably the most important person you'll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave. A soul mates purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life, then introduce you to your spiritual master..."

"Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be." 

"This is a good sign, having a broken heart. It means we have tried for something. " 

"Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it." 

""When I get lonely these days, I think: So BE lonely, Liz. Learn your way around loneliness. Make a map of it. Sit with it, for once in your life. Welcome to the human experience. "

"There’s a crack (or cracks) in everyone…that’s how the light of God gets in." 

"In desperate love, we always invent the characters of our partners, demanding they be what we need of them, and then feeling devastated when they refuse to perform the role we created in the first place." 

"In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it's wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices." 

"You were given life; it is your duty (and also your entitlement as a human being) to find something beautiful within life, no matter how slight." 

"Some days are meant to be counted, others are meant to be weighed." 

"Faith is walking face-first and full-speed into the dark. If we truly knew all the answers in advance as to the meaning of life and the nature of God and the destiny of our souls, our belief would not be a leap of faith and it would not be a courageous act of humanity; it would just be... a prudent insurance policy." 

"Do not apologize for crying. Without this emotion, we are only robots." 

"God never slams a door in your face without opening a box of Girl Scout cookies..." 

"When the karma of a relationship is done, only love remains. It's safe. Let go." 

"The more exquisitely and delightfully you can do nothing, the higher your life's achievement." 

"To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow - this is a human offering that can border on miraculous." 

"We must take care of our families where-ever we find them." 

--But this is just another autobiography, examining the prosopography of me.
By: Emma Marie.