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A Poet Reflects

Posts tagged relationships:

“We’re all seeking that special person who is right for us. But if you’ve been through enough relationships, you begin to suspect there’s no right person, just different flavors of wrong. Why is this? Because you yourself are wrong in some way, and you seek out partners who are wrong in some complementary way. But it takes a lot of living to grow fully into your own wrongness. And it isn’t until you finally run up against your deepest demons, your unsolvable problems—the ones that make you truly who you are—that we’re ready to find a lifelong mate. Only then do you finally know what you’re looking for. You’re looking for the wrong person. But not just any wrong person: the right wrong person—someone you lovingly gaze upon and think, 'This is the problem I want to have.'”

—Galway Kinnell

In most of our human relationships, we spend much of our time reassuring one another that our costumes of identity are on straight.

Ram Dass (via saturnrising)

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When we’re incomplete, we’re always searching for somebody to complete us. When, after a few years or a few months of a relationship, we find that we’re still unfulfilled, we blame our partners and take up with somebody more promising. This can go on and on … until we admit that while a partner can add sweet dimensions to our lives, we, each of us, are responsible for our own fulfillment. Nobody else can provide it for us, and to believe otherwise is to delude ourselves dangerously and to program for eventual failure every relationship we enter.

Tom Robbins (via myquotelibrary)

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Do not sabotage your new relationship with your last relationship’s poison.

Steve Maraboli (via myquotelibrary)

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“It is easy to love people in memory; the hard thing is to love them when they are there in front of you.”
—John Updike
Photograph: John Updike with his second wife, Martha, at a picnic before a concert at Castle Hill on July 22, 1978.

“It is easy to love people in memory; the hard thing is to love them when they are there in front of you.”

—John Updike

Photograph: John Updike with his second wife, Martha, at a picnic before a concert at Castle Hill on July 22, 1978.