Quotes

I’m a big fan of quotations. I often use them in my scrapbooking and as inspiration for my writing, but I also just like to compile my very favorites in a notebook so that I can refer back to them when I need a little pick-me-up and caffeine or chocolate just aren’t enough. So here are a few of my faves, in regards to wherever you may be in this journey…infertility, miscarriage & loss, or pregnancy & parenting:

INFERTILITY

“My body wanted a baby. I felt empty and I wanted to be full. ” — Clare, The Time Traveler’s Wife (by Audrey Niffenegger)

“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” — Hebrews 11:1

“Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.” — Anonymous

“Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.” — Lin Yutang

“All human wisdom is summed up in two words — wait and hope.” — Alexander Dumas

“We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.” — John Newton

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.  So if you’re feeling uncomfortable right now, know that the change taking place in your life is a beginning not an ending.” — Neale Donald Walsch

“Sometimes there is sadness in our journey, but there is also beauty. We must keep putting one foot in front of the other even when we hurt for we will never know what is waiting for us around the bend.” — Brigitte Nicole

“I can do anything through Him, who gives me strength.” — Philippians 4:13

“What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.” — Frederich Nietzche

“Not everyone can understand how you can spin two lassos at the same time, one of hope and one of grief.” — Vanishing Acts (by Jodi Picoult)

“For those who deeply want children and are denied them, those missing babies hover like silent ephemeral shadows over their lives. Who can describe the feel of a tiny hand that is never held?” — Laura Bush

MISCARRIAGE & LOSS

“Seeing Clare with a baby in her arms, the reality of our miscarriages grabs me and for a moment I feel nauseous. I hope I’m not about to time travel. The feeling retreats and I am left with the actuality of what we’ve been doing: we have been losing children. Where are they, these lost children, wandering, hovering around confused?” — Henry, The Time Traveler’s Wife (by Audrey Niffenegger)

“An angel in the book of life wrote down my baby’s birth. Then whispered as she closed the book, ‘Too beautiful for Earth.'” — Unknown

“What we have once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” — Helen Keller

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” — Matthew 5:4

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” — Psalm 23:4

“My baby’s life was not long enough to have any pictures to carry in my billfold, but was long enough to fill my heart with wonderful memories. I was never hurt by my child’s rebellion, was never embarrassed by my child’s actions, and I never had to discipline him. This was my child who brought me only joy all the days of his life. Thank you, God, for that kind of child; it was a gift only you could give.” — Empty Arms (by Pam Vredevelt)

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” — Horton Hears a Who (by Dr. Seuss)

“Every time we make the decision to love someone, we open ourselves to great suffering, because those we most love cause us not only great joy but also great pain. The greatest pain comes from leaving. When the child leaves home, when the husband or wife leaves for a long period of time or for good, when the beloved friend departs to another country or dies … the pain of the leaving can tear us apart. Still, if we want to avoid the suffering of leaving, we will never experience the joy of loving. And love is stronger than fear, life stronger than death, hope stronger than despair. We have to trust that the risk of loving is always worth taking.” — Henri J.M. Nouwen

“Farewell fair flower that for a space was lent, then ta’en away unto eternity.” — Anne Bradstreet (1665)

“We took comfort in the knowledge that God is never cruel, there is a reason for all things. We must know the pain of loss because if we never knew it, we would have no compassion for others, and we would become monsters of self-regard, creatures of unalloyed self-interest. The terrible pain of loss teaches humility to our prideful kind, has the power to soften uncaring hearts, to make a better person of a good one.” — A Big Little Life (by Dean Koontz)

“Losing a child was something you kept coming back to, like the hole in your gum when you lost a tooth or a scar you’d worry with your fingertips — a disfigurement that you felt over and over.” — Second Glance (by Jodi Picoult)

“If you lost a child, grief wasn’t just part of the equation. It was the equation.” — Second Glance (by Jodi Picoult)

“Motherhood was elemental, cellular. You could feel a child inside of you, even after you gave birth; share blood and tissue for that long and you become part of each other. And if that child died — as an embryo, as a newborn, as a thirteen-year-old […} — a part of you would die too.” — Second Glance (by Jodie Picoult)

“Do not judge the bereaved mother. She comes in many forms. She is breathing, but she is dying. She may look young, but inside she has become ancient. She smiles, but her heart sobs. She walks, she talks, she cooks, she cleans, she works, she IS, but she IS NOT, all at once. She is here, but part of her is elsewhere for eternity.” — Unknown

PREGNANCY & PARENTING

“Alba is tunneling headfirst into me, a bone and flesh excavator of my flesh and bone, a deepener of my depths. I imagine her swimming through me, I imagine her falling into the stillness of a morning pond, water parting at her velocity.” — Clare, The Time Traveler’s Wife (by Audrey Niffenegger)

“Childbirth was the moment of truth in my life. Suddenly you realise that you are having the greatest love affair of your life (but you also realise that God’s a bloke).” — Kathy Lette, The Observer

“I think until the moment I heard you cry, a part of me had believed that all the sonograms and tests and doctors had been wrong. Until the moment I heard you cry, I had been worried that I wouldn’t know how to love you.” — Handle with Care (by Jodi Picoult)

“No one else has ever shown me how to see the world the way I see it now.” — Shawn Colvin, ‘I Never Saw Blue Like That Before’

“I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.” — 1 Samuel 1:27

“I do love nothing in the world so well as you.” — William Shakespeare

“You were made perfectly to be loved and surely I have loved you, in the idea of you, my whole life long.” — Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“It was the tiniest thing I ever decided to put my whole life into.” — Terri Guillemets

“However motherhood comes to you, it’s a miracle.” — Valerie Harper

“And all along I believed I would find you. Time has brought your heart to me. I have loved you for a thousand years. I’ll love you for a thousand more.” — Christina Perri

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