This quote. My heart. My self. Speechless. Tattooing this under my skin.
Life will break you.
Nobody can protect you from that,
and living alone won’t either,
for solitude will also break you with its yearning.
You have to love.
You have to feel.
It is the reason you are here on earth.
You are here to risk your heart.
You are here to be swallowed up.
And when it happens that
you are broken,
or death brushes near,
let yourself sit by an apple tree
and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps,
wasting their sweetness.
Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.– Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum LP
Quick disclaimer: Most of the quotes that appear in blogphilic are originally sourced (as in I like them so much that they eventually appear here) but just as often, I get awesome quotes from lots of sources – a long-time favorite (and where I got this one) is quoted books. Check it out!