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The Mermaid Chair

Sue Monk Kidd

Top 10 Best Quotes

“All my life I've thought I needed someone to complete me, now I know I need to belong to myself.”

“You can go other places, all right - you can live on the other side of the world, but you can't ever leave home”

“I didn't know then what I wanted, but the ache for it was palpable.”

“At forty-two, I had never done anything that took my own breath away, and I suppose now that was part of the problem--my chronic inability to astonish myself. I promise you, no one judges me more harshly than I do myself; I caused a brilliant wreckage. Some say I fell from grace; they're being kind. I didn't fall. I dove.”

“There's release in knowing the truth no matter how anguishing it is. You come finally to the irreducible thing, and there's nothing left to do but pick it up and hold it. Then, at last, you can enter the severe mercy of acceptance.”

“If you aren't giving people something to talk about, you've become too dull.”

“I promise you, no one judges me more harshly than I do myself; I caused a brilliant wreckage. Some say I fell from grace; they’re being kind. I didn’t fall – I dove.”

“You can't stop your heart from loving, really -- it's like standing out there in the ocean yelling at the waves to stop.”

“Yes, here I am returning, the woman who bore herself to the bottom and back. Who wanted to swim like dolphins, leaping waves and diving. Who wanted only to belong to herself.”

“So few people know what they're capable of.”

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Book Keywords:

childhood, truth, home, nostalgia, sorrow, acceptance, yearning

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