David Whyte Quotes

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David Whyte Quotes

We shape our self
to fit this world
and by the world
are shaped again
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Art is the act of triggering deep memories of what it means to be fully human.

— David Whyte

Sometimes you have to make a complete disaster of your life in such an epic way that it will be absolutely clear to you what you've been doing.

— David Whyte

Poetry carries the imagery which is large enough for the kind of life we want for ourselves.

— David Whyte

Honesty allows us to live with not knowing. We do not know the full story; we do not know where we are in the story. We do not know who, ultimately, is at fault or who will carry the blame in the end.

— David Whyte

The greatest luxury of having money should be not having to worry about it.

— David Whyte

The thing about great poetry is we have no defenses against it.

— David Whyte

Honesty is not found in revealing the truth, but in understanding how deeply afraid of it we are. To become honest is in effect to become fully and robustly incarnated into powerlessness.

— David Whyte

I have hundreds of poems memorized. Mostly by others, but also my own. I use the poems when I lead retreats for management groups on topics like creating teams, or coming up with a more entrepreneurial system, or creating more excitement.

— David Whyte

Walking the roads is enough today, I'll follow the dark line of receding sun

— David Whyte

The moment you've uttered the exact dimensionality of your exile, you're already turning towards home.

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To feel abandoned is to deny the intimacy of your surroundings.

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To be human is to become visible while carrying what is hidden as a gift to others.

— David Whyte

There is no house like the house of belonging.

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We are the only species on earth capable of preventing our own flowering.

— David Whyte

Heartbreak is our indication of sincerity: in a love relationship, in a work, in trying to learn a musical instrument, in the attempt to shape a better more generous self. Heartbreak is the beautifully helpless side of love and affection and is just as much an essence and emblem of care as the spiritual athlete's quick but abstract ability to let go ... But heartbreak may be the very essence of being human, of being on the journey from here to there, and of coming to care deeply for what we find along the way ...

— David Whyte

Silence is like a cradle holding our endeavors and our will; a silent spaciousness sustains us in our work and at the same time connects us to larger worlds that, in the busyness of our daily struggle to achieve, we have not yet investigated. Silence is the soul's break for freedom.

— David Whyte

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