Life will break you.
Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for
solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You
have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to
risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens
that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes
near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling
all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you
tasted as many as you could.
Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum LP (via thequotejournals)