Monday, June 8, 2009

A quote I love from Louise Erdrich

[MRM Classic - from June 28, 2007]

"Why we are here"

"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 betrayed, or left, or hurt, 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 that you tatsed as many as you could."
Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum

3 comments:

Julia said...

lovely. I love it, too. thanks for introducing us.

Iimay said...

What a powerful quote! It gave me shivers! Thank you for sharing it.

flowers said...

amazingly said.