“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 a many as you could.”
— Louise Erdrich
Anita Bergen — The purpose of life is learning how to love — and continuing to love, though you’ve been hurt, betrayed, or broken. Despite the risk and the wreckage, love is worth it. In the end, it’s the only thing that matters.