Anne Morrow Lindbergh

A Quote by Anne Morrow Lindbergh on life, simplicity, choice, complexity, and living

For the most part, we, who could choose simplicity, choose complication.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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A Quote by Anne Morrow Lindbergh on surrender, letting go, life, and living

If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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A Quote by Anne Morrow Lindbergh on love, rhythm, and dance

When the heart is flooded with love there is no room in it for fear, for doubt, for hesitation.  When each partner loves so completely that he has forgotten to ask himself whether or not he is loved in return; when he only knows that he loves and is moving to its music-then, and then only, are two people able to dance perfectly in tune to the same rhythm.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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A Quote by Anne Morrow Lindbergh on simple pleasures, husbands, wives, spouses, eating, breakfast, simplicity, and communion

A simple enough pleasure, surely, to have breakfast alone with one's husband, but how seldom married people in the midst of life achieve it.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Source: Gift from the Sea: 50th Anniversary Edition

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A Quote by Anne Morrow Lindbergh on woman, time, peace, quiet, and longing

Traditionally we are taught, and instinctively we long, to give where it is needed - and immediately.  Eternally; woman spills herself away in driblets to the thirsty, seldom being allowed the time, the quiet, the peace, to let the pitcher fill up to the brim

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Source: "Gift from the Sea"

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A Quote by Anne Morrow Lindbergh on self

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When one is out of touch with oneself, one cannot touch others.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Source: Gifts From the Sea

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A Quote by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The signs that presage growth, so similar, it seems to me, to those in early adolescence: discontent, restlessness, doubt, despair, longing, are interpreted falsely as signs of decay. In youth one does not as often misinterpret the signs; one accepts them, quite rightly, as growing pains. One takes them seriously, listens to them, follows where they lead. One is afraid. Naturally. Who is not afraid of pure space - that breath-taking empty space of an open door? But despite fear, one goes through to the room beyond.


But in middle age, because of the false assumption that it is a period of decline, one interprets these life-signs, paradoxically, as signs of approaching death. Instead of facing them, one runs away; one escapes - into depressions, nervous breakdowns, drink, love affairs, or frantic, thoughtless, fruitless overwork. Anything, rather than face them. Anything rather than stand still and learn from them. One tries to cure the signs of growth, to exorcise them, as if they were devils, when really they might be angels of annunciation.


Angels of annunciation of what? Of a new stage in living when, having shed many of the physical struggles, the wordly ambitions, the material encumbrances of the active life, one might be free to fulfill the negleted side of one's self. One might be free for growth of mind, heart, and talent; free at last for spiritual growth; free of the clamping sunrise shell. Beautiful as it was, it was still a closed world one had to outgrow. And the time may come when - comfortable and adaptable as it is - one may outgrow even the oyster shell.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Source: Gift from the Sea: 50th Anniversary Edition

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A Quote by Anne Morrow Lindbergh on love, relationships, security, impermanence, delusion, and flow

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. We leap at the flow of time and resist in terror its ebb. We are afraid it will never return. We insist on permanency, on duration, on continuity; when the only continuity possible in life, as in love, is in growth, in fluidity – in freedom. 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. For relationships, too, 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, continuously visited and abandoned by the tides. One must accept the serenity of the winged life, of ebb and flow, of intermittency.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Source: Gift from the Sea: 50th Anniversary Edition

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A Quote by Anne Morrow Lindbergh on courage, strength, and sense of humor

 

Don't wish me happiness
I don't expect to be happy all the time...
It's gotten beyond that somehow.
Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor.
I will need them all.



Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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A Quote by Anne Morrow Lindbergh on gift from the sea, gift, gifts, sea, patience, faith, and beach

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.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Source: Gift from the Sea: 50th Anniversary Edition, Pages: 17

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