David Whyte

A Quote by David Whyte

There is a lovely root to the word humiliation - from the latin word humus, meaning soil or ground. When we are humiliated, we are in effect returning to the ground of our being.

Shedding the carapace we have been building so assiduously on the surface, we must by definition give up exactly what we thought was necessary to protect us from further harm. The outlaw is the radical, the one close to the roots of existence. The one who refuses to forget their humanity and in remembering, helps everyone else remember too.

To die inside, is to rob our outside life of any sense of arrival from that interior. Our work is to make ourselves visible in the world. This is the soul's individual journey, and the soul would much rather fail at its own life than succeed at someone else's.

David Whyte

Source: Crossing the Unknown Sea

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A Quote by David Whyte on poetry

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Enough
 These few words are enough, if not these words,this breath...
If not this breath, this sitting
 This opening to the life we have refused
again and again until now. Until now.
In this moment of epiphany
This opening to the life we have refused
again and again
until NOW

~david whyte

David Whyte

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A Quote by David Whyte on poetry

in

Enough
 These few words are enough, if not these words,this breath...
If not this breath, this sitting
 This opening to the life we have refused
again and again until now. Until now.
In this moment of epiphany
This opening to the life we have refused
again and again
until NOW

~david whyte

David Whyte

Source: "The heart aroused" book by David Whyte

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A Quote by David Whyte

Anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is too small for you.

David Whyte

Source: House of Belonging, Pages: 23

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A Quote by David Whyte on life and presence

When your eyes are tired the world is tired also. When your vision has gone no part of the world can find you. Time to go into the dark where the night has eyes to recognize its own. There you can be sure you are not beyond love. The dark will be your womb tonight.  The night will give you a horizon further than you can see. You must learn one thing. The world was meant to be free in. Give up all the other worlds except the one to which you belong. Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet confinement of your aloneness to learn anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is too small for you.

David Whyte

Contributed by: Kat

A Quote by David Whyte on interiority

What is precious inside us does not care to be known by the mind in ways that diminish it's prescence.

David Whyte

Source: from "The Winter of Listening"

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A Quote by David Whyte on faith and believing

and how we are all
preparing for that
abrupt waking,
and that calling,
and that moment
we have to say yes,
except it will
not come so grandly,
so Biblically,
but more subtly
and intimately in the face
of the one you know
you have to love

David Whyte

Source: David Whyte

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A Quote by David Whyte on david whyte

Sometimes everything has to be inscribed across the heavens so you can find the one line already written inside you.

David Whyte

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A Quote by David Whyte on contemplation, freedom, work, soul, psyche, yin, silence, solitude, and empty your cup

Silence is like a cradle holding our endeavors and our will; a silent spaciousness sustains us in our work and at the same time connects us to larger worlds that, in the busyness of our daily struggle to achieve, we have not yet investigated. Silence is the soul's break for freedom.

David Whyte

Contributed by: Laurie

A Quote by David Whyte on art, life, and humanity

"Art is the act of triggering deep memories, of what it means to be fully human."

David Whyte

Source: radio interview

Contributed by: David

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