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  • ... better to be wounded, a captive, and a slave, than always to walk in armor.

  • The thing that's important to know is that you never know. You're always sort of feeling your way.

    • Diane Arbus,
    • in Diane Arbus and Doon Arbus, Diane Arbus ()
  • Let there be many windows to your soul, / ... Not the narrow pane / Of one poor creed can catch the radiant rays / That shine from countless sources.

  • ... willingness to explore everything is a sign of strength. The weak ones have prejudices. Prejudices are a protection.

    • Anaïs Nin,
    • 1933, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, vol. 1 ()
  • ... if the doors of my heart / ever close, I am as good as dead.

  • I've learned that to expose yourself, to reveal yourself, is a test of your humanness.

  • The wind of change, whatever it is, blows most freely through an open mind ...

  • The point is not knowing another person, or learning to love another person. The point is simply this: How tender can we bear to be? What good manners can we show as we welcome ourselves and others into our hearts?

  • People have a way of thinking that everything is finished when the very best of all may yet be in store.

  • ... if you think you know, you don't ask questions, or if you ask, you don't listen to the answers. Everyone, everything, each thing, is different, so that it isn't safe to know. You — you have to grope.

  • It's only when we're relaxed that the thing way down deep in all of us — call it the subconscious mind, the spirit, what you will — has a chance to well up and tell us how we shall go.

  • A closed system will wear down and wear out.

    • Ilia Delio,
    • "Religious Life on the Edge of the Universe," Leadership Conference of Women Religious, in National Catholic Reporter ()
  • The more I am open to the world around me, the more I find what I seek.

  • I am ill at ease with people whose lives are an open book.

  • It takes a disciplined person to listen to convictions which are different from their own.

  • I will not die an unlived life, / I will not go in fear / Of falling or catching fire, / I choose to inhabit my days, / To allow my living to open to me, / To make me less afraid, / More accessible, / To loosen my heart / Until it becomes a wing, / A torch, a promise. / I chose to risk my significance: / To live. / So that which comes to me as seed, / Goes to the next as blossom, / And that which comes to me as blossom, / Goes on as fruit.

  • ... Mama ... wore herself on the outside. Everything about her hung in view like peasant adobe houses with green peppers and little shrines, drying diapers and cooking utensils, on the façade.

  • A new beatitude I write for thee, / 'Blessed are they who are not sure of things' ...