Life Will Break You by Louise Erdrich

“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 you tasted as many as you could.”

~ Louise Erdrich


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  1. Hello!
    This is such a great quote. I’ve passed it along to friends and loved ones. It puts a great perspective on hard times and just reiterates, in a very beautiful way, the way I’ve always felt. If you’re not growing, you’re dieing! Have a wonderful day, Tracy, and thanks for the inspiration.

    • Thanks Char! Louise Erdrich is one of my all-time favorite writers. I have almost every single one of her books. This particular quote is from, “The Painted Drum”. It is a wonderful quote. Check out her site at Birchbark Books. I am DYING to get over to Minneapolis to visit her bookstore.

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