Bartlett's Words to Live By: Advice and Inspiration for by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., John Bartlett

By Kurt Vonnegut Jr., John Bartlett

For a hundred and fifty years humans have seemed to Bartlett's generic Quotations for knowledge, notion, and natural enjoyable. right here now's a chic new number of the easiest suggestion ever given, inspiring phrases from the world's wisest women and men.

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I have revisited them again and again. If anything, I have not moved beyond these stages but below them. I have learned that they were desperate attempts to avoid having to face the real problem, which I fought off as long as I could. I finally became so exhausted trying to run from the real problem that I simply gave up. In the end I was forced to address the problem of life’s mortality—my mortality—which for a time made me profoundly depressed. I remember the first time I realized I had no fight left.

I struggled with exhaustion, as I do now. But somehow I found the strength—God’s gift to me, I think—to carry on despite getting so little sleep. My decision to enter the darkness had far-reaching consequences, both positive and negative. It was the first step I took toward growth, but it was also the first step I took toward pain. I had no idea then how tumultuous my grief would be. I did not know the depths of suffering to which I would descend. For months I kept staring at the accident and reliving its trauma.

These choices are never easy. Though we can and must make them, we will make them more often than not only after much agony and struggle. Many years ago I read Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, a book that explores what the author discovered a g r a c e d i s g u i s e d 47 from personal experience about the power of choice, especially in the face of terrible loss and darkness. I reread the book two years after the accident, and I understood as never before what he had believed and argued so eloquently.

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