Saturday, December 2, 2023

Quote of the Day (Louise Erdrich, on Why ‘You Have to Love’)

“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and being 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 have to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes too near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself that you tasted as many as you could.”—American novelist-poet Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum (2005)

(This photo of Louise Erdrich was taken in Rome on July 5, 2015 by Alessio Jacona.)

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