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Gift from the Sea Quotes

20 of the best book quotes from Gift from the Sea
  1. #1
    “When you love someone, you do not love them all the time, in exactly the same way, from moment to moment. It is an impossibility. It is even a lie to pretend to. And yet this is exactly what most of us demand. We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships.”
  2. #2
    “Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee and just as hard to sleep after.”
  3. #3
    “The most exhausting thing in life, I have discovered, is being insincere.”
  4. #4
    “This is what one thirsts for, I realize, after the smallness of the day, of work, of details, of intimacy - even of communication, one thirsts for the magnitude and universality of a night full of stars, pouring into one like a fresh tide.”
  5. #5
    “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 was in nostalgia, nor forward to what it might be in dread or anticipation, but living in the present relationship and accepting it as it is now. ”
  6. #6
    “Relationships must be like islands, one must accept them for what they are here and now, within their limits - islands, surrounded and interrupted by the sea, and continually visited and abandoned by the tides.”
  7. #7
    “The shape of my life is, of course, determined by many things; my background and childhood, my mind and its education, my conscience and its pressures, my heart and its desires.”
  8. #8
    “Don’t wish me happiness
    I don’t expect to be happy all the time...
    It’s gotton beyond that somehow.
    Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor.
    I will need them all.”
  9. #9
    “I find there is a quality to being alone that is incredibly precious. Life rushes back into the void, richer, more vivid, fuller than before.”
  10. #10
    “I would like to achieve a state of inner spiritual grace from which I could function and give as I was meant to in the eye of God.”

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  1. #11
    “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.”
  2. #12
    “The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach—waiting for a gift from the sea.”
  3. #13
    “Only love can be divided endlessly and still not diminish.”
  4. #14
    “Him that I love, I wish to be free -- even from me.”
  5. #15
    “Women need solitude in order to find again the true essence of themselves.”
  6. #16
    “Men kick friendship around like a football, but it doesn’t seem to crack. Women treat it like glass and it goes to pieces.”
  7. #17
    “it takes as much courage to have tried and failed as it does to have tried and succeeded.”
  8. #18
    “Security in a relationship lies neither in looking back to what it was in nostalgia, nor forward to what it might be in dread or anticipation, but living in the present relationship and accepting it as it is now.”
  9. #19
    “The most exhausting thing in life, I have discovered, is being insincere. That is why so much of social life is exhausting; one is wearing a mask. I have shed my mask.”
  10. #20
    “It isn’t for the moment you are struck that you need courage, but for that long uphill climb back to sanity and faith and security.”
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