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Luca Spaghetti : You feel guilty because you're American. You don't know how to enjoy yourself!.

Liz Gilbert : [looking a bit taken aback]  I beg your pardon?

Luca Spaghetti : It's true. Americans know entertainment, but don't know pleasure.

Giovanni : This is Luca Spaghetti, by the way, you know.

Liz Gilbert : Your name is Luca Spaghetti?

Luca Spaghetti : Yes, that's what our family is called. We invented it. I'm serious. Listen to me. You want to know your problem? Americans! You work too hard. You get burned out. Then you come home and spend the whole weekend... in your pajamas in front of the TV.

Liz Gilbert : That's not far off, actually.

Luca Spaghetti : But you don't know pleasure. You have to be told you've earned it. You see a commercial that says, "It's Miller time"... and you say, "That's right. Now I will go to buy a six-pack". And drink the whole thing and wake up the next morning and you feel terrible. But an Italian doesn't need to be told. Ha walks by a sign that says, "You deserve a break today"... and he says, "Yeah, I know. That's why I'm planning on taking a break at noon... to go over to your house and sleep with your wife".

The author of “Eat, Pray, Love” chose an unplanned love over the happy The truth she had seen was that her best friend, Rayya Elias—who has been She quotes David Foster Wallace: “The truth will set you free—but not.

Best Eat Pray Love Quotes

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Eat, Pray, Love is one of my favourite books; Elizabeth Gilbert has such a sensational writing style, and her raw conveyance of emotion allows her readers to connect with her, recognizing themselves at different parts throughout the book. Below are some of my favourite passages and most memorable quotes from Eat, Pray, Love.

Love Quotes from Eat, Pray, Love

“If you clear out all of that space in your mind you would have a door way.”

“This is a good sign, having a broken heart. It means we have tried for something.”

“To lose balance sometimes for love is part of living a balanced life.”

“People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But 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.

“A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave.

“A soul mate’s purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life, then introduce you to your spiritual master…”

“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.”

Relationship Quotes from Eat, Pray, Love

“When the karma of a relationship is done, only love remains. It’s safe. Let go.”

“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.”

“In desperate love, we always invent the characters of our partners, demanding they be what we need of them, and then feeling devastated when they refuse to perform the role we created in the first place.”

“One thing I do know about intimacy is that there are certain natural laws which govern the sexual experience of two people, and that these laws cannot be budged any more than gravity can be negotiated with. To feel physically comfortable with someone else’s body is not a decision you can make. It has very little to do with how two people think or act or talk or even look. The mysterious magnet is either there, buried somewhere deep behind the sternum, or it is not. When it isn’t there (as I have learned in the past, with heartbreaking clarity) you can no more force it to exist than a surgeon can force a patient’s body to accept a kidney from the wrong donor. My friend Annie says it all comes down to one simple question: “Do you want your belly pressed against this person’s belly forever –or not?”

“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.”

Spiritual Quotes from Eat, Pray, Love

“Om Namah Shivaya, meaning, I honor the divinity that resides within me.”

“There’s a crack (or cracks) in everyone…that’s how the light of God gets in.”

“I want God to play in my bloodstream the way sunlight amuses itself on the water.”

“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.”

“There’s a reason we refer to ‘leaps of faith’ – because the decision to consent to any notion of divinity is a mighty jump from the rational over to the unknowable, and I don’t care how diligently scholars of every religion will try to sit you down with their stacks of books and prove to you through scripture that their faith is indeed rational; it isn’t. If faith were rational, it wouldn’t be – by definition – faith. Faith is belief in what you cannot see or prove or touch. Faith is walking face-first and full-speed into the dark. If we truly knew all the answers in advance as to the meaning of life and the nature of God and the destiny of our souls, our belief would not be a leap of faith and it would not be a courageous act of humanity; it would just be… a prudent insurance policy.”

“There is a reason they call God a presence – because God is right here, right now. In the present is the only place to find Him, and now is the only time.”

“You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestation of your own blessings.”

“I am burdened with what the Buddhists call the ‘monkey mind’ — the thoughts that swing from limb to limb, stopping only to scratch themselves, spit and howl.”

“To find the balance you want, this is what you must become. You must keep your feet grounded so firmly on the earth that it’s like you have 4 legs instead of 2. That way, you can stay in the world. But you must stop looking at the world through your head. You must look through your heart, instead. That way, you will know God.”

“Imagine that the universe is a great spinning engine. You want to stay near the core of the thing – right in the hub of the wheel – not out at the edges where all the wild whirling takes place, where you can get frayed and crazy. The hub of calmness – that’s your heart. That’s where God lives within you. So stop looking for answers in the world. Just keep coming back to that center and you’ll always find peace.”

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

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

“God dwells within you, as you.”

“The karmic philosophy appeals to me on a metaphorical level because even in ones lifetime it’s obvious how often we must repeat our same mistakes, banging our heads against the same ole addictions and compulsions, generating the same old miserable and often catastrophic consequences, until we can finally stop and fix it. This is the supreme lesson of karma (and also of western psychology, by the way) – take care of the problem now, or else you’ll just have to suffer again later when you screw everything up the next time. And that repetition of suffering-that’s hell. Moving out of that endless repetition to a new level of understanding-there’s where you’ll find heaven.”

“Zen masters say you cannot see your reflection in running water, only in still water.”

“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.”

“I wondered, ‘Why have I been chasing happiness my whole life when bliss was here the entire time?'”

“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.”

“[Saint Anthony] said, in his solitude, he sometimes encountered devils who looked like angels, and other times he found angels who looked like devils. When asked how he could tell the difference, the saint said that you can only tell which is which by the way you feel after the creature has left your company.”

“It’s easy enough to pray when you’re in distress but continuing to pray even when your crisis has passed is like a sealing process, helping your soul hold tight to its good attainment.”

“My thoughts turn to something I read once, something the Zen Buddhists believe. They say that an oak tree is brought into creation by two forces at the same time. Obviously, there is the acorn from which it all begins, the seed which holds all the promise and potential, which grows into a tree. Everybody can see that. But only a few can recognize that there is anther force operating here as well-the future tree itself, which wants so badly to exist that it pulls the acorn into being, drawing the seedling forth with longing out of the void, guiding the evolution from nothingness to maturity. In this respect, say the Zens, it is the oak tree that creates the very acorn from which it was born.”

“So I stood up and did a handstand on my Guru’s roof, to celebrate the notion of liberation. I felt the dusty tiles under my hands. I felt my own strength and balance. I felt the easy night breeze on the palms of my bare feet. This kind of thing — a spontaneous handstand–isn’t something a disembodied cool blue soul can do, but a human being can do it. We have hands; we can stand on them if we want to. That’s our privilege. That’s the joy of a mortal body. And that’s why God needs us. Because God loves to feel things through our hands. ”

Life Quotes from Eat, Pray, Love

“You make some big grandiose decision about what you need to do, or who you need to be, and then circumstances arise that immediately reveal to you how little you understood about yourself.”

“Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.”

“The more exquisitely and delightfully you can do nothing, the higher your life’s achievement.”

“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.”

“As smoking is to the lungs, so is resentment to the soul; even one puff is bad for you.”

“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.”

“I fell asleep holding my notebook pressed against my chest, open to this most recent assurance. In the morning when I wake up, I can still smell a faint trace of depression’s lingering smoke, but he himself is nowhere to be seen. Somewhere during the night, he got up and left. And his buddy loneliness beat it, too.”

“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.”

“I was full of a hot, powerful sadness and would have loved to burst into the comfort of tears, but tried hard not to, remembering something my Guru once said — that you should never give yourself a chance to fall apart because, when you do, it becomes a tendency and it happens over and over again. You must practice staying strong, instead.”

“Do not apologize for crying. Without this emotion, we are only robots.”

“Someday you’re gonna look back on this moment of your life as such a sweet time of grieving. You’ll see that you were in mourning and your heart was broken, but your life was changing…”

“Virginia Wolf wrote, ‘Across the broad continent of a woman’s life falls the shadow of a sword.’ On one side of that sword, she said, there lies convention and tradition and order, where all is correct. But on the other side of that sword, if you’re crazy enough to cross it and choose a life that does not follow convention, ‘all is confusion.’ Nothing follows a regular course. Her argument was that the crossing of the shadow of that sword may bring a more interesting existence to a woman, but you can bet it will be more perilous.”

“Yet what keeps me from dissolving right now into a complete fairy-tale shimmer is this solid truth, a truth which has veritably built my bones over the last few years–I was not rescued by a prince; I was the administrator of my own rescue.”

“I thought of how many people go to their graves unforgiven and unforgiving. I thought of how many people have had siblings or friends or children or lovers disappear from their lives before precious words of clemency or absolution could be passed along. How do the survivors of terminated relationships ever endure the pain of unfinished business? From that place of meditation, I found the answer-you can finish the business yourself, from within yourself. It’s not only possible, it’s essential.”

Travel Quotes from Eat, Pray, Love

“We call it ‘dolce far niente’, the sweetness of doing nothing.”

“But is it such a bad thing to live like this for just a little while? Just for a few months of one’s life, is it so awful to…nap in a garden, in a patch of sunlight, in the middle of the day, right next to your favorite fountain? And then to do it again the next day?”

“We must take care of our families, wherever we find them.”

“Still, despite all this, traveling is the great true love of my life. I have always felt, ever since I was sixteen years old and first went to Russia with my saved-up babysitting money, that to travel is worth any cost or sacrifice. I am loyal and constant in my love for travel, as I have not always been loyal and constant in my other loves. I feel about travel the way a happy new mother feels about her impossible, colicky, restless, newborn baby–I just don’t care what it puts me through. Because I adore it. Because it’s mine. Because it looks exactly like me. It can barf all over me if it wants to–I just don’t care.”

“Until I can feel as ecstatic about having a baby as I felt about going to New Zealand to search for giant squid, I cannot have a baby.”

“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.”

Funny Quotes from Eat, Pray, Love

“When a man who looks like Yoda hands you a prophecy, you have to respond.”

“Operation Self-Esteem–Day Fucking One.”

Liz Gilbert: “I’m sick of people telling me that I need a man.”
Felipe: “You don’t need a man, Liz. You need a champion.”

“Having a baby is like having a tattoo on your face. You kind of want to be committed.”

“God never slams a door in your face without opening a box of Girl Scout cookies…”

“To my taste, the men in Rome are ridiculously, hurtfully, stupidly beautiful. More beautiful even than Roman women, to be honest. Italian men are beautiful in the same way as French women, which is to say– no detail spared in the quest for perfection. They’re like show poodles. Sometimes they look so good I want to applaud.”

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28 Worthwhile Liz Gilbert Quotes — Even If You Hated Eat, Pray, Love

best quotes from eat pray love

Eat, pray, love… Sounds like a good motto, isn’t it? Elizabeth Gilbert as the author of the book titled “Eat, pray, love” thinks exactly in this way! If you have already read this masterpiece or at least watched the film of the same name, you’ll definitely agree that this poignant autobiographical story is the real source of life experience and wisdom. Elizabeth Gilbert, along with Julia Roberts, starring in this movie, has revealed some important aspects of each person’s life journey.
Self-discovery is as important as the discovery of different things in the world. Even one quote from “Eat, pray, love” will help you to travel throughout the mysteries of your soul and mind! If you want to find a soulmate, you have to sort yourself out at first! Do it right now with the following eat, pray, love quotes:

Popular “Eat, Pray, Love” Quotes about Love and Relationship

Love is the most important element in the relationship. Do you think you have already learned everything about the romantic feeling? It’s a big mistake! The book entitled “Eat, pray, love” contains the huge number of useful quotes that will open your eyes to new sides of this feeling. Take advantage of the amazing true-to-life story, created by talented Elizabeth Gilbert!

  • People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But 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.
  • This is a good sign, having a broken heart. It means we have tried for something.
  • To lose balance sometimes for love is part of living a balanced life.
  • To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow – this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.
  • In desperate love, we always invent the characters of our partners, demanding they be what we need of them, and then feeling devastated when they refuse to perform the role we created in the first place.
  • One thing I do know about intimacy is that there are certain natural laws which govern the sexual experience of two people, and that these laws cannot be budged any more than gravity can be negotiated with. To feel physically comfortable with someone else’s body is not a decision you can make. It has very little to do with how two people think or act or talk or even look. The mysterious magnet is either there, buried somewhere deep behind the sternum, or it is not. When it isn’t there (as I have learned in the past, with heartbreaking clarity) you can no more force it to exist than a surgeon can force a patient’s body to accept a kidney from the wrong donor.
  • I met an old lady once, almost a hundred years old, and she told me, ‘There are only two questions that human beings have ever fought over, all through history. How much do you love me? And Who’s in charge?
  • When the karma of a relationship is done, only love remains. It’s safe. Let go.

Great Pics with Quotes from “Eat, Pray, Love” Movie

What is special about “Eat, pray, love” movie? If you haven’t found the answer yet, this means only one thing – you haven’t watched it. Philosophical and true to life, this film becomes the true pleasure. Be sure: the following pics with deep quotes from this movie will inspire you to watch it:





Precise Quotes about Life by Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert isn’t only a talented writer but also a wise woman! She is the one who can help you to find yourself, your inner peace and balance. She has overcome a crisis of faith in her life and will help you to do this! Elizabeth Gilbert’s quotes about life are extremely precious things!

  • 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.
  • Your emotions are the slaves to your thoughts, and you are the slave to your emotions.
  • There’s a crack (or cracks) in everyone…that’s how the light of God gets in.
  • Do not apologize for crying. Without this emotion, we are only robots.
  • It all goes away. Eventually, everything goes away.
  • 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. ’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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Best “Eat, Pray, Love” Quotes about Travel

Do you feel that your life needs to go in a different direction? Then it’s exactly the time to take off on a round-the-world journey to find yourself. On the other hand, it’s not the only possible variant to become inspired by your life. Best “Eat, pray, love” quotes about the essence of travel will also help you!

  • The only thing more unthinkable than leaving was staying; the only thing more impossible than staying was leaving.
  • Still, despite all this, traveling is the great true love of my life. I have always felt, ever since I was sixteen years old and first went to Russia with my saved-up babysitting money, that to travel is worth any cost or sacrifice. I am loyal and constant in my love for travel, as I have not always been loyal and constant in my other loves. I feel about travel the way a happy new mother feels about her impossible, colicky, restless, newborn baby–I just don’t care what it puts me through. Because I adore it. Because it’s mine. Because it looks exactly like me. It can barf all over me if it wants to–I just don’t care.
  • To travel is worth any cost or sacrifice.
  • Traveling is the great true love of my life… I am loyal and constant in my love of travel. I feel about travel the way a happy new mother feels about her impossible, colicky, restless newborn baby – I just don’t care what it puts me through. Because I adore it. Because it’s mine. Because it looks exactly like me.
  • Everyone makes their own path, and I must make mine. The Bhagavad Gita – and ancient Indian Yogic text – says that it is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life perfectly. So now I have started living my own life. Imperfect and clumsy as it may look, it is resembling me now, thoroughly. It is mine.
  • What would I do if you never came here?’ But I was ALWAYS coming here. I thought about one of my favorite Sufi poems, which says that God long ago drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. I was never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.

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Eat Pray Love Movie Quotes

best quotes from eat pray love

I know many are probably thinking by now that I’ve been completely engrossed, too absorbed, and overly indulged in the book Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert these days that my posts on my Facebook account and my common expression have all been about it. Yes, they’re right about that. So as I’ve finished reading the book, here’s my “final blow”. Let me share to you my favorite quotes off this wonderful book in hopes that these words may also inspire you with hope, courage, and confidence as they did to me…

“I was full of a hot, powerful sadness and would have loved to burst into the comfort of tears, but tried hard not to, remembering something my Guru once said — that you should never give yourself a chance to fall apart because, when you do, it becomes a tendency and it happens over and over again. You must practice staying strong, instead.” — Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love)

“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 (Eat, Pray, Love)

“There’s a reason we refer to “leaps of faith” – because the decision to consent to any notion of divinity is a mighty jump from the rational over to the unknowable, and I don’t care how diligently scholars of every religion will try to sit you down with their stacks of books and prove to you through scripture that their faith is indeed rational; it isn’t. If faith were rational, it wouldn’t be – by definition – faith. Faith is belief in what you cannot see or prove or touch. Faith is walking face-first and full-speed into the dark. If we truly knew all the answers in advance as to the meaning of life and the nature of God and the destiny of our souls, our belief would not be a leap of faith and it would not be a courageous act of humanity; it would just be… a prudent insurance policy.” — Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love)

“Life, if you keep chasing it so hard, will drive you to death. Time – when pursued like a bandit – will behave like one, always remaining one county or one room ahead of you, changing its name and hair color to elude you, slipping out the back door of the motel just as you’re banging through the lobby with your newest search warrant, leaving only a burning cigarette in the ashtray to taunt you. At some point you have to stop because it won’t. You have to admit that you can’t catch it. That you’re not supposed to catch it. At some point, you gotta let go and sit still and allow contentment to come to you.”— 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 busy commotion of the mind and abandon the desires of the ego and enter into the silence of the heart.” — 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.” — Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love)

“It’s easy enough to pray when you’re in distress but continuing to pray even when your crisis has passed is like a sealing process, helping your soul hold tight to its good attainment.” — Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love)

“In desperate love, we always invent the characters of our partners, demanding they be what we need of them, and then feeling devastated when they refuse to perform the role we created in the first place.” — Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love)

“You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select what clothes you’re gonna wear everyday. 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. Drop everything else but that. Because if you can’t learn to master your thinking, you’re in deep trouble forever.” — Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love), pp.187

“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 (Eat, Pray, Love)

“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 (Eat, Pray, Love)

“Tired, confused and bored, my prayers sounded the same. I remember kneeling down one morning, touching my forehead to the floor and muttering to my creator, “Oh, I dunno what I need . . .but you must have some ideas . . . so just do something about it, would you?” Similar to the way I have oftentimes spoken to my hairdresser. And, I’m sorry, but that’s a little lame. You can imagine God regarding that prayer with anarched eyebrow, and sending back this message: “Call me again when you decide to get seriousabout this.”Of course God already knows what I need. The question is—do I know? Casting yourself at God’s feet in helpless desperation is all well and good—heaven knows, I’ve done it myself plenty of times—but ultimately you’re likely to get more out of the experience if you can take some action on your end. There’s a wonderful old Italian joke about a poor man who goes to church every day and prays before the statue of a great saint, begging, “Dear saint—please, please, please . . . give me the grace to win the lottery.” This lament goes on for months. Finally the exasperated statue comes to life, looks down at the begging man and says in weary disgust, “My son—please, please, please . . . buy a ticket.” — Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love)

This is my copy…I preferred this one over the other which is a movie tie-in edition…

 

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