100+ Best Elizabeth Gilbert Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Elizabeth M. Gilbert is an American author. She is best known for her 2006 memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, which as of December 2010 had spent 199 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list, and which was also made into a film by the same name in 2010. Profoundly inspirational Elizabeth Gilbert quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

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Famous Elizabeth Gilbert Quotes

Creativity is a scavenger hunt. It’s your obligation to pay attention to clues, to the thing that gives you that little tweak. – Elizabeth Gilbert

What are you willing to give up, in order to become who you really need to be? – Elizabeth Gilbert

Maybe artistry doesn’t have to be quite so full of anguish if you never happened to believe, in the first place, that the most extraordinary aspects of your being came from you. But maybe if you just believed that they were on loan to you from some unimaginable source for some exquisite portion of your life to be passed along when you’re finished it starts to change everything. – Elizabeth Gilbert

Creativity itself doesn’t care at all about results – the only thing it craves is the process. Learn to love the process and let whatever happens next happen, without fussing too much about it. Work like a monk, or a mule, or some other representative metaphor for diligence. Love the work. Destiny will do what it wants with you, regardless. – Elizabeth Gilbert

According to the mystics, this search for divine bliss is the entire purpose of a human life. this is why we all chose to be born, and this is why all the suffering and pain of life on earth is worthwhile–just for the chance to experience this infinite love. And once you have found this divinity within, can you hold it? Because if you can bliss. – Elizabeth Gilbert

Why they always look so serious in Yoga? You make serious face like this, you scare away good energy. To meditate, only you must smile. Smile with face, smile with mind, and good energy will come to you and clean away dirty energy. Even smile in your liver. Practice tonight at hotel. Not to hurry, not to try too hard. Too serious, you make you sick. You can calling the good energy with a smile. (From Ketut Liyer, the Balinese healer) – Elizabeth Gilbert

Never forget that once upon a time, in an unguarded moment, you recognized yourself as a friend. – Elizabeth Gilbert

Balance is not letting anyone love you less than you love yourself. – Elizabeth Gilbert

Mistakes will be made. Failure will occur. You pick yourself up and carry on. – Elizabeth Gilbert

I will give you the sun and the rain, and if they are not available, I will give you a sun check and a rain check. – Elizabeth Gilbert

A true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life. – Elizabeth Gilbert

And when you sense a faint potentiality for happiness after such dark times you must grab onto the ankles of that happiness and not let go until it drags you face-first out of the dirt – this is not selfishness, but obligation. You were given life; it is your duty to find something beautiful within life no matter how slight. – Elizabeth Gilbert

But if you can plant yourself in stillness long enough, you will, in time, experience the truth that everything (both uncomfortable and lovely) does eventually pass. – Elizabeth Gilbert

If you’re brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting, which can be anything from your house to bitter, old resentments, and set out on a truth-seeking journey, either externally or internally, and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher and if you are prepared, most of all, to face and forgive some very difficult realities about yourself, then the truth will not be withheld from you. – Elizabeth Gilbert

We don’t realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace. – Elizabeth Gilbert

You are here and you are allowed to be here and therefore you are allowed to make decisions about yourself and the people in your life; rather than sort of backing up and making sure it’s okay with everybody at every turn. – Elizabeth Gilbert

Real, sane, mature love the kind that pays the mortgage year after year and picks up the kids after school is not based on infatuation but on affection and respect. – Elizabeth Gilbert

Your fear is the most boring thing about you. – Elizabeth Gilbert

The Hopi Indians thought that the world’s religions each contained one spiritual thread, and that these threads are always seeking each other, wanting to join. When all the threads are finally woven together, they will form a rope that will pull us out of this dark cycle of history and into the next realm. – Elizabeth Gilbert

the only thing you need to do for now is get some rest and take good care of yourself until you do know the answer – Elizabeth Gilbert

We search for happiness everywhere, but we are like Tolstoy’s fabled beggar who spent his life sitting on a pot of gold, under him the whole time. Your treasure–your perfection–is within you already. But to claim it, you must leave the buy commotion of the mind and abandon the desires of the ego and enter into the silence of the heart. – Elizabeth Gilbert

This is a nice metaphor, too, about mothers and daughters – that when it came time for me to make my own, I was making a completely different garden than the one that my mom has. They don’t look like they came from relatives. Hers is a very productive and pragmatic vegetable garden, and mine is a ridiculous overabundance of useless plants. It doesn’t feed anybody, it doesn’t serve any purpose. – Elizabeth Gilbert

I am a better person when I have less on my plate. – Elizabeth Gilbert

You might get nothing out of it at all except a beautiful, long life where all you did was follow your gorgeous curiosity. And that should be enough too. – Elizabeth Gilbert

I said, It seems like you have fond feelings toward your ex-wife. Are you two still close? Nah, he said casually. She thinks I changed my name to Motherfucker. – Elizabeth Gilbert

The only thing more unthinkable than leaving was staying; the only thing more impossible than staying was leaving. – Elizabeth Gilbert

The culture of Rome just doesn’t match the culture of Yoga, not as far as I can see. In fact, I’ve decided that Rome and Yoga don’t have anything in common at all. Except for the way they both kind of remind you of the word toga. – Elizabeth Gilbert

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

Sometimes life is too hard to be alone, and sometimes life is too good to be alone. – Elizabeth Gilbert

I am stronger than depression and I am braver than loneliness and nothing will ever exhaust me. – Elizabeth Gilbert

You can measure the happiness of a marriage by the number of scars that each partner carries on their tongues, earned from years of biting back angry words. – Elizabeth Gilbert

Creativity does not belong exclusively to professional artists and geniuses; it is the birthright of every single human being. Creativity is our common heritage. You don’t need to quit your job and move to Paris in order to lay claim to this heritage – all you have to do is clear some space in your life for whimsy, invention, sensory pleasure, and play. Most of all, you have to learn how to follow your curiosity more than your fear. – Elizabeth Gilbert

Tis’ better to live your own life imperfectly than to imitate someone else’s perfectly. – Elizabeth Gilbert

Learning how to discipline your speech is a way of preventing your energies from spilling out of you through the rupture of your mouth, exhausting you and filling the world with words, words, words instead of serenity, peace and bliss. – Elizabeth Gilbert

I will not harbor unhealthy thoughts anymore. – Elizabeth Gilbert

You have no idea how strong my love is! – Elizabeth Gilbert

Even in the worst tragedies and crisis, there’s no reason to add to everyone’s misery by looking miserable yourself. – Elizabeth Gilbert

Watch for the people whose eyes light up when you talk about your dream. Those are the people you keep. – Elizabeth Gilbert

When I tried this morning, after an hour or so of unhappy thinking, to dip back into my meditation, I took a new idea with me: compassion. I asked my heart if it could please infuse my soul with a more generous perspective on my mind’s workings. Instead of thinking that I was a failure, could I perhaps accept that I am only a human being–and a normal one, at that? – Elizabeth Gilbert

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

I have good idea, for if you meet some person from different religion and he want to make argument about God. My idea is, you listen to everything this man say about God. Never argue about God with him. Best thing to say is, ‘I agree with you.’ Then you go home, pray what you want. This is my idea for people to have peace about religion. – Elizabeth Gilbert

A woman’s place is in the kitchen…sitting in a comfortable chair, with her feet up, drinking a glass of wine and watching her husband cook dinner. – Elizabeth Gilbert

I do not need to love you to prove that I love myself!! – Elizabeth Gilbert

In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices. – Elizabeth Gilbert

The appreciation of pleasure can be the anchor of humanity. – Elizabeth Gilbert

The problem, simply put, is that we cannot choose everything simultaneously. So we live in danger of becoming paralyzed by indecision, terrified that every choice might be the wrong choice. – Elizabeth Gilbert

Don’t be afraid. Don’t be daunted. Just do your job. Continue to show up for your piece of it, whatever that might be. – Elizabeth Gilbert

Just as there exists in writing a literal truth and a poetic truth, there also exists in a human being a literal anatomy and a poetic anatomy. One, you can see; one, you cannot. One is made of bones and teeth and flesh; the other is made of energy and memory and faith. But they are both equally true. – Elizabeth Gilbert

That’s the thing about a human life-there’s no control group, no way to ever know how any of us would have turned out if any variables had been changed. – Elizabeth Gilbert

If you’re going to answer the call and you’re going to transform and you’re going to change, get ready. It is not a day at the beach. – Elizabeth Gilbert

Men go into marriage with virtually no expectations whatsoever. Ten years later, the men are delightfully surprised to find out that it’s actually kind of nice, and the women have sort of had to take a nose dive from what they thought it was going to be. – Elizabeth Gilbert

That is who Barack Obama is – a person of admirable character – and that is who he has remained for me over these last four years. I have not agreed with his every decision, but never once have I seen him break his cool, lose his composure, or abandon his insightful perspective – even during the most serious and/or absurd national disasters. – Elizabeth Gilbert

There is so much about my fate that I cannot control, but other things do fall under the jurisdiction. I can decide how I spend my time, whom I interact with, whom I share my body and life and money and energy with. I can select what I can read and eat and study. I can choose how I’m going to regard unfortunate circumstances in my life-whether I will see them as curses or opportunities. I can choose my words and the tone of voice in which I speak to others. And most of all, I can choose my thoughts. – Elizabeth Gilbert

This is a good sign, having a broken heart. It means we have tried for something. – Elizabeth Gilbert

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. – Elizabeth Gilbert

To devote yourself to the creation and enjoyment of beauty, then, can be a serious business-not always necessarily a means of escaping reality, but sometimes a means of holding on to the real when everything is flaking away into… rhetoric and plot. – Elizabeth Gilbert

But the very fact that this world is so challenging is exactly why you sometimes must reach out of its jurisdiction for help, appealing to a higher authority in order to find your comfort. – Elizabeth Gilbert

You are still young, so you think only of your own self. You do not notice the tribulations that occur all around you, to other people. Do not protest; it is true. I am not condemning you. I was as selfish as you, when I was your age. It is the custom of the young to be selfish… But someday you will understand that nobody passes through this world without suffering-no matter what you think of them and their supposed good fortune. – Elizabeth Gilbert

Take me someplace where we can be silent together. – Elizabeth Gilbert

But, ancient Greece and ancient Rome – people did not happen to believe that creativity came from human beings back then, OK? People believed that creativity was this divine attendant spirit that came to human beings from some distant and unknowable source, for distant and unknowable reasons. – Elizabeth Gilbert

I have a history of making decisions very quickly about men. I have always fallen in love fast and without measuring risks. I have a tendency not only to see the best in everyone, but to assume that everyone is emotionally capable of reaching his highest potential. I have fallen in love more times than I care to count with the highest potential of a man, rather than with the man himself, and I have hung on to the relationship for a long time (sometimes far too long) waiting for the man to ascend to his own greatness. Many times in romance I have been a victim of my own optimism. – Elizabeth Gilbert

Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it. – Elizabeth Gilbert

Take care of the problems now, or else you’ll just have to suffer again later when you scew everything up the next time.And that repetition of suffering – that’s hell.Moving out of that endless repetition to a new level of understand – there’s where you’ll find heaven. – Elizabeth Gilbert

we must take care of our families wherever we find them. – Elizabeth Gilbert

There is hardly a more gracious gift that we can offer somebody than to accept them fully, to love them almost despite themselves. – Elizabeth Gilbert

Oh, I just want what we all want: a comfortable couch, a nice beverage, a weekend of no distractions and a book that will stop time, lift me out of my quotidian existence and alter my thinking forever. – Elizabeth Gilbert

Destiny, I feel, is also a relationship – a play between divine grace and willful self-effort. – Elizabeth Gilbert

A glorious failure can sometimes be more life affirming than a cautious win. – Elizabeth Gilbert

As far as we know, we are the only species on the planet who have been given the gift-or curse, perhaps-of awareness about our own mortality. Everything here eventually dies; we’re just the lucky ones who get to think about this fact every day. – Elizabeth Gilbert

Success isn’t about acquiring things, it’s about discovering your life purpose and following the call – Elizabeth Gilbert

I think I deserve something beautiful. – Elizabeth Gilbert

Everything good I’ve ever gotten in life, I only got because I gave something else up. – Elizabeth Gilbert

Dear me, how I love a library. – Elizabeth Gilbert

Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be. – Elizabeth Gilbert

I’m choosing happiness over suffering, I know I am. I’m making space for the unknown future to fill up my life with yet-to-come surprises. – Elizabeth Gilbert

At that moment of realization (that union with God is always present), that’s when God let me go, let me slide through His fingers with this last compassionate, unspoken message: You may return here once you have fully come to understand that you are always here. – Elizabeth Gilbert

The resting place of the mind is the heart. The only thing the mind hears all day is clanging bells and noise and argument, and all it wants is quietude. The only place the mind will ever find peace is inside the silence of the heart. That’s where you need to go. – Elizabeth Gilbert

Every woman deserves a man that can make her heart forget that it was ever broken. Even if these have been broken to pieces to me, this represents a person who gave me a complete,flawless heart. I don’t need someone who makes my heart whole. Instead, I need someone who will never let me feel broken. This is a good sign, having a broken heart. It means we have tried for something. – Elizabeth Gilbert

Prayer is a relationship; half the job is mine. If I want transformation, but can’t even be bothered to articulate what, exactly, I’m aiming for, how will it ever occur? Half the benefit of prayer is in the asking itself, in the offering of a clearly posed and well-considered intention. If you don’t have this, all your pleas and desires are boneless, floppy, inert; they swirl at your feet in a cold fog and never lift. – Elizabeth Gilbert

I never promised the universe that I would write brilliantly; I only promised the universe that I would write. – Elizabeth Gilbert

God dwells within you, as you. – Elizabeth Gilbert

Deep grief sometimes is almost like a specific location, a coordinate on a map of time. When you are standing in that forest of sorrow, you cannot imagine that you could ever find your way to a better place. But if someone can assure you that they themselves have stood in that same place, and now have moved on, sometimes this will bring hope – Elizabeth Gilbert

People always fall in love with the most perfect aspects of each other’s personalities. Who wouldn’t? Anybody can love the most wonderful parts of another person. But that’s not the clever trick. The really clever trick is this: Can you accept the flaws? Can you look at your partner’s faults honestly and say, ‘I can work around that. I can make something out of it.’? Because the good stuff is always going to be there, and it’s always going to pretty and sparkly, but the crap underneath can ruin you. – Elizabeth Gilbert

Clearing out all your misery gets you out of the way. You cease being an obstacle, not only to yourself but to anyone else. Only then are you free to serve and enjoy other people. – Elizabeth Gilbert

As for discipline it’s important, but sort of overrated. The more important virtue for a writer, I believe, is self-forgiveness. Because your writing will always disappoint you. Your laziness will always disappoint you. – Elizabeth Gilbert

When we are mindful of every nuance of our natural world, we finally get the picture: that we are only given one dazzling moment of life here on Earth, and we must stand before that reality both humbled and elevated, subject to every law of our universe and grateful for our brief but intrinsic participation with it. – Elizabeth Gilbert

Zen masters say you cannot see your reflection in running water, only in still water. – Elizabeth Gilbert

I am the planet’s most affectionate life-form, something like the cross between a golden retriever and a barnacle. – Elizabeth Gilbert

Do not apologize for crying. Without this emotion, we are only robots. – Elizabeth Gilbert

I equal parts loved him and could not stand him. I couldn’t wake him to share in my distress. – Elizabeth Gilbert

God never slams a door in your face without opening a box of Girl Scout cookies. – Elizabeth Gilbert

Lay your wishes aside for a spell and look deep into what you believe about yourself. Make sure your beliefs about your own life are anchored in greatness, in holiness, in worth, in grace, in joy, in excitement -in internal certainties rather than external circumstances. Because that belief? That’s where you’re heading, no matter what it may look like on the outside. – Elizabeth Gilbert

When I get lonely these days, I think: So, BE lonely, Liz. Learn your way around loneliness. Make a map of it. Sit with it, for once in your life. Welcome to the human experience. But never again use another person’s body or emotions as a scratching post for your own unfulfilled yearnings. – Elizabeth Gilbert

I’ve never seen any life transformation that didn’t begin with the person in question finally getting tired of their own bullshit. – Elizabeth Gilbert

The world is like a dropped pie most of the time. Don’t kill yourself trying to put it back together. Just grab a fork and eat some of it off the floor. Then carry on. – Elizabeth Gilbert

You are accidentally leaving your DNA all over everything in a novel because it’s all coming from you. – Elizabeth Gilbert

This is intimacy: the trading of stories in the dark. – Elizabeth Gilbert

The Yogic sages say that all the pain of a human life is caused by words, as is all the joy. We create words to define our experience and those words bring attendant emotions that jerk us around like dogs on a leash. We get seduced by our own mantras (I’m a failure I’m lonely I’m a failure I’m lonely) and we become monuments to them. To stop talking for a while, then, is to attempt to strip away the power of words, to stop choking ourselves with words, to liberate ourselves from our suffocating mantras. – Elizabeth Gilbert

I’m here. I love you. I don’t care if you need to stay up crying all night long, I will stay with you… There’s nothing you can ever do to lose my love. I will protect you until you die, and after your death I will still protect you. I am stronger than Depression and I am braver than Loneliness and nothing will ever exhaust me. – Elizabeth Gilbert

The inability to open up to hope is what blocks trust, and blocked trust is the reason for blighted dreams. – Elizabeth Gilbert

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