Healing Poems 155

Every Land

The holy land is everywhere. —Black Elk

Watch where the branches of the willows bend
See where the waters of the rivers tend
Graves in the rock, cradles in the sand
Every land is the holy land.

Here was the battle to the bitter end
Here’s where the enemy killed the friend
Blood on the rock, tears on the sand
Every land is the holy land.

Willow by the water bending in the wind
Bent till it’s broken and it cannot stand
Listen to the word the messengers send
Life from the living rock, death in the sand
Every land is the holy land.

~ Ursula K. Le Guin

Healing Quotes Littles 379

“We decided that it was no good asking what is the meaning of life, because life isn’t an answer, life is the question, and you, yourself, are the answer.
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~ Ursula K. LeGuin

Healing Quotes Teens 276-289

“Courage, Elena.’ Brushing his fingertips over her cheek, he led her back to the infirmary. ‘Of that I know you have an imprudent amount.”

~ Keir

Nalini Singh, Archangel’s Legion

(Elena) “It isn’t only hurt you avoid by avoiding bonds’ — she tried to make him see the truth it had taken her almost two decades to understand…’you miss out on the painful joy that comes from throwing your heart wide open and going hell-for-leather.’

A pause, then words that were stones thrown into the tranquil mirror of an unbroken lake, (Aodhan) ‘Are you not afraid?’

‘Terrified,’ she admitted, thinking of the violent stab of vulnerability that had hit her just that morning. “But you know what? Fuck fear.”

~ Nalini Singh, Archangel’s Legion

“Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.”

~ Albert Einstein

“True love is the best thing in the world, except for cough drops.”

~ William Goldman, The Princess Bride

“Love is another kind of power, which shouldn’t surprise you. Magic comes from emotions, among other things.”

~ Jim Butcher, Blood Rites

“I don’t believe it,’ Quince says with absolute certainty. ‘ I don’t believe anything magical can make someone more in love.’ […] He looks me right in the eye as he says, ‘Love is already the strongest magic in the world.”

~ Tera Lynn Childs, Forgive My Fins

“Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts. Don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.”

~ Jimi Hendrix

“Love me or hate me I promise that it will never make or break me…<3”

~ Tyra Banks, Tyra’s Beauty Inside & Out

“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, The Painted Drum LP

“And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.”

~ Holy Bible: The New King James Version

“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But…the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”

~ Martin Luther King Jr.

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”

~ Dalai Lama XIV, The Art of Happiness

“The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.”

~ David Foster Wallace, This Is Water

“Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.”

~ Ursula K. Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven