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David Whyte

You must learn one thing.The world was made to be free in. Give up all the other worldsexcept the one to which you belong. Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweetconfinement of your alonenessto learn anything or anyonethat does not bring you aliveis too small for you. — David Whyte, “Sweet Darkness,” Poetry of Presence:… Continue reading David Whyte

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Elizabeth Bowen

Only in a house where one has learnt to be lonely does one have this solicitude for things. One’s relation to them, the daily seeing or touching, begins to become love, and to lay one open to pain. — Elizabeth Bowen, The Death of the Heart. (Anchor; (7th) edition, May 9, 2000) Originally published 1938.

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