9 Elizabeth Gilbert Quotes That’ll Inspire you to Live a Courageous Life

9 Elizabeth Gilbert Quotes That’ll Inspire you to Live a Courageous Life

Imagine not only writing the story of your life and having it spend 199 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List but having a bona fide Hollywood star play you on the silver screen. This is the charmed life of Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love who was played by Julia Roberts in a film by the same name in 2010.

Now happily married to the ‘love’ she found at the end of her spiritual odyssey, Gilbert’s follow up book Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage was released in 2010. For most of us, there’s not even a remote possibility of packing up and embarking on a spiritual journey across Italy, India and Bali but that doesn’t mean that Gilbert’s wise words won’t strike a chord.

Read on for 9 Elizabeth Gilbert quotes that’ll inspire you to live a courageous life.

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With an ugly divorce and a messy rebound love affair behind her what else could Gilbert do but flee?

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Nothing wrong with optimism but a leopard never changes its spots and a man never changes the hand towel in the bathroom.

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I have no idea who actually says these lines but I imagine they were said to Gilbert rather than said by Gilbert. Less wishbone, more backbone. I like it.

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This happiness thing sounds like a hell of a lot of work.


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Choose your thoughts like you choose your clothes…black and shapeless then.

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From Gilbert’s second memoir, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage, this story is ongoing.

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And living someone else’s life imperfectly? Don’t even bother. Be true to your innermost self.

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This particular quote comes from a passage describing Gilbert’s visit to the August-um in Rome. While the Ancient Romans might not agree with Gilbert’s sentiments on ruin, people do say you’ve got to hit rock bottom before you can really make changes to your life.

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