15 Inspirational Quotes From Self Love Guru Elizabeth Gilbert

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Elizabeth Gilbert’s way with words has carried her far.

Whether you know her from the articles she wrote for Spin, GQ, Allure, Real Simple, and The New York Times Magazine or her novels: Eat, Pray, Love, Big Magic, City of Girls, Committed, and many more the breadth in Gilbert’s writing has reached millions of people. Gilbert has also hosted many TED Talks about how she found success and spurs others to do the same.



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It’s no secret that Gilbert has been on a journey to find herself. Her breakout book, Eat, Pray, Love, sums this journey up. After ‘finding herself,’ Gilbert’s self-love journey did not end. To this day, she still strives to be the best version of herself and is constantly finding new habits and regimes to take part in and constantly grow. 

Today, we want to share some of the most inspirational and truthful quotes from Gilbert that might just convince you to eat, pray, love yourself to her level of enlightenment. 

On Love

“Watch for the people whose eyes light up when you talk about your dream. Those are the people you keep.”

“To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow – this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.” 

“This is a good sign, having a broken heart. It means we have tried for something.”

On Facing Problems

“There’s a crack (or cracks) in everyone…that’s how the light of God gets in.” 

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“Perfectionism is just fear in fancy shoes and a mink coat.”

“We all want things to stay the same. Settle for living in misery because we are afraid of change, of things crumbling to ruin. Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation.”

On Reframing Your Thoughts

“When the past has passed from you, at last, let go. Then climb down and begin the rest of your life. With great joy.”

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“You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That’s the only thing you should be trying to control.” 

“What are you willing to give up in order to become who you really need to be?”

On Strength

“The women who I love and admire for their strength and grace did not get that way because shit worked out. They got that way because shit went wrong, and they handled it. They handled it in a thousand different ways on a thousand different days, but they handled it. Those women are my superheroes.”

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“Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.”

“Be brave. Without bravery, you will never know the world as richly as it longs to be known. Without bravery, your life will remain small — far smaller than you probably want your life to be.”

On Creating and Courage

“Through the mere act of creating something — anything — you might inadvertently produce work that is magnificent, eternal, or important.”

“If you don’t have courage, let’s try to get you some. Because creative living is a path for the brave. We all know this. And we all know that when courage dies, creativity dies with it.”

“True power comes from standing in your own truth and walking your own path.”


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