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Elizabeth Gilbert Wisdom

Elizabeth Gilbert | wisdom

I don’t think you can come into your wisdom until you have made mistakes on your own skin and felt them in reality of your own life.

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Elizabeth Gilbert wedding

Elizabeth Gilbert | wedding

I myself have never been enchanted by the dream of the white wedding, and, heaven help us, the expectation that this exquisitely catered event should be ‘the happiest moment’ of one’s life.

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Elizabeth Gilbert wedding

Elizabeth Gilbert | wedding

I think a lot of people who feel as though they desperately want to be married oftentimes simply desperately want to have a wedding.

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Elizabeth Gilbert war

Elizabeth Gilbert | war

As somebody who, in my second marriage, insisted on a prenuptial agreement, I can also testify that sometimes it is an act of love to chart the exit strategy before you enter the union, in order to make sure that not only you, but your partner as well, knows that there will be no World War III should hearts and minds, for any sad reason, change.

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Elizabeth Gilbert success

Elizabeth Gilbert | success

My career started young and I was really ambitious, and then I had success and I hung out with people who were much older. I think I might have been temporally misplaced, so I thought I was 40. It was a premature midlife crisis.

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Elizabeth Gilbert success

Elizabeth Gilbert | success

When somebody has an enormous success in this culture, people start asking two questions, which are ‘What are you doing now?’ and ‘How are you going to beat that?’ And I have to say, I love the assumption that your intention is to beat yourself constantly – that you’re in battle against yourself.

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Elizabeth Gilbert success

Elizabeth Gilbert | success

I should just put it bluntly, because we’re all sort of friends here now – it’s exceedingly likely that my greatest success is behind me. Oh, so Jesus, what a thought! You know that’s the kind of thought that could lead a person to start drinking gin at nine o’clock in the morning, and I don’t want to go there.

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Elizabeth Gilbert success

Elizabeth Gilbert | success

Which is – you know, like check it out, I’m pretty young, I’m only about 40 years old. I still have maybe another four decades of work left in me. And it’s exceedingly likely that anything I write from this point forward is going to be judged by the world as the work that came after the freakish success of my last book, right?

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Elizabeth Gilbert society

Elizabeth Gilbert | society

I push every day against forces that say you have to go faster, be more effective, be more productive, you have to constantly outdo yourself, you have to constantly outdo your neighbor – all of the stuff that creates an incredibly productive society, but also a very neurotic one.

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Elizabeth Gilbert sad

Elizabeth Gilbert | sad

You know, why at the end of your life should you assemble thousands of pages of ‘Why am I so sad, why am I so depressed?’ Instead, assemble thousands of pages of why you’re so content.

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