Quotable Quotes: Writing, Reading, and Healing

On day two of Writing, Reading, and Healing week, I’d like to share some quotes. I love quote collecting because there are moments in reading when I know an author has captured feelings I didn’t think I could find words to express. Below are a few of my favorites.

If you have not yet read Isaiah Vianese’s guest post on Writing, Reading, and Healing, you can check it out here. Stay tuned this week for a review of Cheryl Rainfield’s Scars, a guest post, and a giveaway. If you would like to share any of your own thoughts or stories related to writing, reading, and healing, please contact me here.

Quotable Quotes on Writing, Reading, Healing, and Self-Injury

People do not ‘have’ diseases, which are really descriptive mechanisms created by contemporary medicine. People have stories, and the stories are narratives of their lives, their relationships, and the way they experience an illness. –Arthur Kleinman

The truth about childhood is stored up in our body and lives in the depth of our soul. Our intellect can be deceived, our feelings can be numbed and manipulated, our perception shamed and confused, our bodies tricked with medication. Bur our soul never forgets. And because we are one, one whole soul in one body, someday our body will present its bill. –Alice Miller

Scars signify an ongoing battle and that all is not lost. As befits one of nature’s great triumphs, scar tissue is a magical substance, a physiological and psychological mortar that holds flesh and spirit together when a difficult world threatens to tear both apart. –Armando Favazza

Clutter and mess show us that life is being lived…Tidiness makes me think of held breath, of suspended animation… Perfectionism is a mean, frozen form of idealism, while messes are the artist’s true friend. What people somehow forgot to mention when we were children was that we need to make messes in order to find out who we are and why we are here. –Anne Lamott

We are a species that needs and wants to understand who we are. Sheep lice do not seem to share this longing, which is one reason why they write so little. –Anne Lamott

Storytelling is healing. As we reveal ourselves in story, we become aware of the continuing core of our lives under the fragmented surface of our experience. We become aware of the multifaceted, multichaptered ‘ I ‘ who is the storyteller. We can trace out the paradoxical and even contradictory versions of ourselves that we create for different occasions, different audiences… Most important, as we become aware of ourselves as storytellers, we realize that what we understand and imagine about ourselves is a story. And when we know all this, we can use our stories to heal and make ourselves whole.–Susan Wittig Albert

Do you have any favorite quotes related to writing, reading, or healing that you would like to share? If so, please do so in the comments. I look forward to reading them and adding some to my collection!

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8 Responses to "Quotable Quotes: Writing, Reading, and Healing"

  • Writing is a form of therapy. Sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic fear which is inherent in the human condition.

    Grahame Green

    “One sheds one’s sicknesses in books…” D. H. Lawrence

    “We write towards healing when we begin to tell the truth about ourselves and then structure what we find into a life-giving narrative. It is not possible to tell a kind of ‘absolute’ or consistent truth about ourselves, as we are shaped by cultural, biological, and social forces. We are “multi- voiced”, however, it is possible to find and express our unarguable truth. Writing can guide people to write so that they hear themselves and their own wisdom; this also means getting out of the cycle of lament.”
    Reinekke Lengelle

    1 reineke said this (May 9, 2012 at 6:07 PM)


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