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Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906 – 2001)


Born Anne Spencer Morrow, was a pioneering American aviator, and the wife of Charles Lindbergh.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
There are no signposts in the sky to show a man has passed that way before. There are no channels marked. The flier breaks each second into new uncharted seas.
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Quiet, the Unicorn,
In contemplation stilled,
With acceptance filled;
Quiet, save for his horn;
Alive in his horn;
Horizontally,
In captivity;
Perpendicularly,
Free.
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The feeling of exultant joy that there is anyone like that in the world. I shall never see him again, and he did not notice me, or would ever, but there is such a person alive, there is such a life, and I am here on this earth, in this age, to know it!




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One can never pay in gratitude; one can only pay "in kind" somewhere else in life.
Lindbergh Anne Morrow
The shape of my life today starts with a family. I have a husband, five children and a home just beyond the suburbs of New York. I have also a craft, writing, and therefore work I want to pursue. The shape of my life is, of course, determined by many other things; my background and childhood, my mind and its education, my conscience and its pressures, my heart and its desires. I want to give and take from my children and husband, to share with friends and community, to carry out my obligations to man and to the world, as a woman, as an artist, as a citizen.
But I want first of all in fact, as an end to these other desires to be at peace with myself. I want a singleness of eye, a purity of intention, a central core to my life that will enable me to carry out these obligations and activities as well as I can. I want, in fact to borrow from the languages of the saints to live "in grace" as much of the time as possible. I am not using this term in a strictly theological sense. By grace I mean an inner harmony, essentially spiritual, which can be translated into outward harmony. I am seeking perhaps what Socrates asked for in the prayer from Phaedrus when he said, "May the outward and the inward man be at one." I would like to achieve a state of inner spiritual grace from which I could function and give as I was meant to in the eye of God.
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Dream wounds, dream ties
Do not bind him there
In a kingdom where
He is unaware
Of his wounds, of his snare.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
I wonder why I bother to tell the truth when people ask me what I think of this and that and how I feel about this and that. I get so complicated and introspective that people often don't understand and are frankly puzzled and (naturally enough) bored. So why bother! It would be so much easier to say what they expected you to, and everything would be easy and pleasant.
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I mean to lead a simple life, to choose a simple shell I can carry easily like a hermit crab. But I do not. I find that my frame of life does not foster simplicity. My husband and five children must make their way in the world. The life I have chosen as a wife and mother entrains a whole caravan of complications.
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One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few.
Lindbergh Anne Morrow
Don't wish me happiness I don't expect to be happy; it's gotten beyond that, somehow. Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor I will need them all.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
I find I am shedding hypocrisy in human relationships. What a rest that will be! The most exhausting thing in life, I have discovered, is being insincere. That is why so much of social life is exhausting; one is wearing a mask. I have shed my mask.




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So dazzling was the spread of constellations that it had the impact of a vision, of some hidden insight. I drove home saying to myself: The dead, too, are like this, blazing within us  invisibly.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
I want to write I want to write I want to write and never never never will. I know it and I am so unhappy and it seems as though nothing else mattered. Whatever I'm doing, it's always there, an ultimate longing there saying, "Write this write that write " and I can't. Lack ability, time, strength, and duration of vision. I wish someone would tell me brutally, "You can never write anything. Take up home gardening!"
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It doesn't matter that it can't last, that we don't find it more often. To know that there is such perfection, that there has been such perfection it is worth living for. It exists. It has been it is. One can contemplate it and feel complete peace.
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Charles is life itself pure life, force, like sunlight and it is for this that I married him and this that holds me to him caring always, caring desperately what happens to him and whatever he happens to be involved in.
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I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable. All these and other factors combined, if the circumstances are right, can teach and can lead to rebirth.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
When one is a stranger to oneself then one is estranged from others too. If one is out of touch with oneself, then one cannot touch others.
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Here sits the Unicorn
In captivity,
Yet free.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
We were high above fields, and there far, far below, was a small shadow as of a great bird tearing along the neatly marked off fields. It gave me the most tremendous shock to realize for the first time the terrific speed we were going at and that that shadow meant us us, like a mirror! That "bird" it was us.
Lindbergh Anne Morrow
I must write it all out, at any cost. Writing is thinking. It is more than living, for it is being conscious of living.


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