Elizabeth Gilbert Quotes

A true soul mate is probably the most important person you'll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave.

- Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

We all spend our twenties and thirties trying so hard to be perfect, because we’re so worried about what people will think of us. Then we get into our forties and fifties, and we finally start to be free, because we decide that we don’t give a damn what anyone thinks of us. But you won’t be completely free until you reach your sixties and seventies, when you finally realize this liberating truth - nobody was ever thinking about you, anyhow.

- Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic

We gallop through our lives like circus performers balancing on two speeding side-by-side horses - one foot is on the horse called "fate," the other on the horse called "free will." And the question you have to ask every day is - which horse is which? Which horse do I need to stop worrying about because it's not under my control, and which do I need to steer with concentrated effort?

- Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

Infatuation is not quite the same thing as love; it's more like love's shady second cousin who's always borrowing money and can't hold down a job.

- Elizabeth Gilbert, Committed

People tend to think that happiness is a stroke of luck, something that will descend like fine weather if you're fortunate. But happiness is the result of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly.

- Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

# Happiness

Faith is a belief in what you cannot see or prove or touch. Faith is walking face-first and full-speed into the dark. If we truly knew all the answers in advance as to the meaning of life and the nature of God and the destiny of our souls, our belief would not be a leap of faith and it would not be a courageous act of humanity; it would just be a prudent insurance policy.

- Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.

- Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

# Happiness

Destiny, I feel, is also a relationship - a play between divine grace and willful self-effort.

- Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

There's no trouble in this world so serious that it can't be cured with a hot bath, a glass of whiskey, and the Book of Common Prayer.

- Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

# Positive

It’s a simple and generous rule of life that whatever you practice, you will improve at.

- Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic

A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. Living in this manner - continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you - is a fine art, in and of itself.

- Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic

# Creativity

To be prosperous and happy in life, it is simple. Pick one woman, pick it well, and surrender.

- Elizabeth Gilbert, The Signature of All Things

# Happiness, Relationship

Ideas are driven by a single impulse: to be made manifest.

- Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic

Argue for your limitations and you get to keep them.

- Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic

Yoga is the effort to experience one's divinity personally and then to hold on to that experience forever.

- Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

It's easy enough to pray when you're in distress but continuing to pray even when your crisis has passed is like a sealing process, helping your soul hold tight to its good attainment.

- Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

Time - when pursued like a bandit - will behave like one, always remaining one county or one room ahead of you, changing its name and hair colour to elude you, slipping out the back door of the motel just as you're banging through the lobby with your newest search warrant, leaving only a burning cigarette in the ashtray to taunt you. At some point you have to stop because it won't. You have to admit that you can't catch it. That you're not supposed to catch it.

- Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

# Time

Life, if you keep chasing it so hard, will drive you to death.

- Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

Italian men are like show poodles. Sometimes they look so good I want to applaud.

- Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.

- Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic

# Inspirational

Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.

- Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic

# Inspirational

Your treasure - your perfection - is within you already. But to claim it, you must leave the busy commotion of the mind and abandon the desires of the ego and enter into the silence of the heart.

- Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

Real, sane, mature love - the kind that pays the mortgage year after year and picks up the kids after school - is not based on infatuation but on affection and respect.

- Elizabeth Gilbert, Committed

# Love

One must always be prepared for riotous and endless waves of transformation.

- Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

As smoking is to the lungs, so is resentment to the soul; even one puff is bad for you.

- Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

Sometimes life is too hard to be alone, and sometimes life is too good to be alone.

- Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

# Life, Relationship

You can measure the happiness of a marriage by the number of scars that each partner carries on their tongues, earned from years of biting back angry words.

- Elizabeth Gilbert, Committed

There are only two questions that human beings have ever fought over, all through history. How much do you love me? And Who's in charge?

- Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

Having a baby is like getting a tattoo on your face. You really need to be certain it's what you want before you commit.

- Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

# Parenting

To lose balance sometimes for love is part of living a balanced life.

- Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

# Love

A true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.

- Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

This is a good sign, having a broken heart. It means we have tried for something.

- Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love