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On Being Human: A Memoir of Waking Up, Living Real, and Listening Hard

Jennifer Pastiloff

Top 10 Best Quotes

“May I have the courage to be who I say I am.”

“Depression is a response to past loss, and anxiety is a response to future loss.”

“In life, we have so much shit and we constantly collect new shit on top of the old shit and we mostly don't even remember the shit we already have... Isn't it funny how we house so much crap that we aren't even consciously aware of? We do the same thing inside our bodies. So much pain piled on top of pain and memories on top of memories that we just shut the door to our minds and pretend there is nothing in there. That we are fine.”

“Sick equaled thin and thin got me noticed. Being noticed made me feel loved.”

“Buy your fear a cup of coffee and show it how it’s done.”

“At the end of my life, when I say one final What have I done?, let my answer be, I have done love.”

“And so escape and love became intertwined, and from this grew a sense of not knowing, ignoring, pretending not to know... Anything I felt--grief, depression, shock, anger--I simply starved it away or exercised or drank too much wine or slept. I simply would not know. It was something I learned as a child that had somehow carried me into adulthood. Until it would no longer carry me. Until I learned to look deep into the face of whatever it was, and what I found was this: it didn't kill me.”

“While I was still waitressing, I went to see Wayne Dyer speak and he asked the question I've tried to live by: "Who would you be if nobody told you who you were?”

“What would I not realize until my forties was that the moon is never missing any of itself. We just can't see it. People are like that, too.”

“So let your mind be open and go ahead and buy milk at the store, and every once in a while when you feel a pang in your heart or a splurge of oh my god in your bones, please understand it is your life, trying to be remembered.”

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Book Keywords:

self, mantra, defense-mechanism, courage, eating-disorders, anorexia, affirmation

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