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Clarissa Pinkola Estes, American Poet ( January 27, 1945 - )

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How does one know if she has forgiven? You tend to feel sorrow over the circumstance instead of rage, you tend to feel sorry for the person rather than angry with him. You tend to have nothing left to say about it all.~Clarissa Pinkola Estes


Forgiveness Sorry Nothing

Wolves and women are relational by nature, inquiring, possessed of great endurance and strength. They are deeply intuitive, intensely concerned with their young, their mate and their pack. Yet both have been hounded, harassed and falsely imputed to be devouring and devious, overly aggressive, of less value than those who are their detractors.~Clarissa Pinkola Estes


Nature Strength Women

I hope you will go out and let stories happen to you, and that you will work them, water them with your blood and tears and you laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom.~Clarissa Pinkola Estes


Work Hope Laughter

When women reassert their relationship with the wildish nature, they are gifted with a permanent and internal watcher, a knower, a visionary, an oracle, an inspiratrice, an intuitive, a maker, a creator, an inventor, and a listener who guide, suggest, and urge vibrant life in the inner and outer world.~Clarissa Pinkola Estes


Life Nature Relationship

I became married at a young age and had two daughters and divorced at 26. I had to go on welfare to make ends meet. I had no way to support myself.~Clarissa Pinkola Estes


Myself Age Support

If you've lost focus, just sit down and be still. Take the idea and rock it to and fro. Keep some of it and throw some away, and it will renew itself. You need do no more.~Clarissa Pinkola Estes


Focus Lost You

I am built close to the ground and of extravagant body.~Clarissa Pinkola Estes


I Am Body Ground

Some say that sudden knowledge of mystical matters is accomplished only in complete quietude, or that Creator, in one of God's many forms, appears only in orderly ways that are beauteous and picturesque, or that the mystical appears only in completely silent ways. All are true. Except for the 'only' part.~Clarissa Pinkola Estes


Knowledge God Silent

Our own sorrows seem heavy enough, even when lifted by certain long-term joys. But watching others hurt is the breaker of most any heart.~Clarissa Pinkola Estes


Heart Hurt Enough

We all wish to be brave and strong in the face of disaster. We all wish to be looked up to for our endurance and efforts to help others.~Clarissa Pinkola Estes


Strong Help Others Brave

The soul has no gender.~Clarissa Pinkola Estes


Soul Gender

This kind of forgetting does not erase memory, it lays the emotion surrounding the memory to rest.~Clarissa Pinkola Estes


Memory Rest Emotion

No Latina woman would be called 'Ms.' - that's an invention of middle-class Anglo women. Latina women are proud to be called 'Mrs.' That simply means that we have a family.~Clarissa Pinkola Estes


Family Women Woman

If women were in charge of everything, there would be women tyrants. If black people were in charge, there would be black tyrants. If Hispanics were in charge, then Hispanic tyrants.~Clarissa Pinkola Estes


Women People Black

Any time I find medicine that's helpful, I share it with everyone I know.~Clarissa Pinkola Estes


Time Medicine Find

When you feel bad, find a person to talk to and cry with, to tell of your anger and other helpless feelings.~Clarissa Pinkola Estes


Anger Feelings You

I know people heal by being able to tell the story - the whole story.~Clarissa Pinkola Estes


People Story Know

The drive toward Life is protective, thoughtful, vulnerable, and invested in immaculate love. It is this last that marks the difference between a wise heart muddy with real life experiences in the trenches and a dry heart that functions on rote concepts alone.~Clarissa Pinkola Estes


Life Love Alone

You must become an activist if you are going to live the natural life.~Clarissa Pinkola Estes


Life Live You

You know the best thing about having a house? You get to plant whatever you want in the yard and watch it grow.~Clarissa Pinkola Estes


Best Plant Want

There's a reason poets often say, 'Poetry saved my life,' for often the blank page is the only one listening to the soul's suffering, the only one registering the story completely, the only one receiving all softly and without condemnation.~Clarissa Pinkola Estes


Life Poetry Soul

Many people have trouble with forgiveness because they have been taught it is a singular act to be completed in one sitting. That is not so. Forgiveness has many layers, many seasons.~Clarissa Pinkola Estes


Forgiveness People Seasons

It is in the middle of misery that so much becomes clear. The one who says nothing good comes of this is not yet listening.~Clarissa Pinkola Estes


Good Listening Nothing

Asking the proper questions is the central action of transformation. Questions are the key that causes the secret doors of the psyche to swing open.~Clarissa Pinkola Estes


Transformation Action Key

That is what the intuition is for: it is the direct messenger of the soul.~Clarissa Pinkola Estes


Soul Intuition Messenger

I was twice-born. I'm Mexican by nature and Hungarian by nurture.~Clarissa Pinkola Estes


Nature Nurture Mexican