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Even Silence Has an End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle

Ingrid Betancourt

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“I was discovering that the most precious gift someone can give us is time, because what gives time its value is death.”

“I am alone. I am here. No one is watching me. In these hours of silence that I cherish, I talk to myself and reflect. That past, entrenched in time, motionless and infinite, has vanished onto thin air. None of it remains. Why, therefore, am I hurting so much? Why did I bring back with me this nameless pain? I followed the path I set for myself, and I have forgiven. I do not want to be chained to hatred or resentment. I want to have the right to live in peace.”

“I told myself that I'd had life too easy, conditioned by an upbringing where fear of change was disguised as caution.”

“I knew of no instruction manual for reaching a higher level of humanity and a greater wisdom. But I felt intuitively that laughter was the beginning of wisdom, as is was indispensable for survival.”

“If you believe what you say, words become reality.”

“He looked at the world from above. Where I saw threatening waves, he saw tranquil water.”

“I was beginning to think that in life there might be some suffering that was worth enduring.”

“I often think about her. One thing she said stayed with me, a dagger in my heart: "You know for me the most horrible thing of all is knowing that he will forget me." I lacked the presence of mind to tell her that it was impossible; she was simply unforgettable.”

“I no longer knew whether it was raindrops or my own tears that were flowing down my cheeks, and I hated to have to drag along this relic of a sniveling child.”

“I had not suffered enough to find the rage in my guts I needed to struggle to death for my freedom.”

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Book Keywords:

caution, suffering, death, gifts, words, laughter, unforgettable, inner-child, sorrow

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