Anne Morrow Lindbergh on “…this timeless inner strength of woman”

"Wood woman, wise woman"

"Wood woman, wise woman"
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Woman must be the pioneer in this turning inward for strength. In a sense she has always been the pioneer. Less able, until the last generation, to escape into outward activities, the very limitations of her life forced her to look inward. And from looking inward she gained an inner strength which man in his outward active life did not as often find. But in our recent efforts to emancipate ourselves, to prove ourselves the equal of man, we have, naturally enough perhaps, been drawn into competing with him in his outward activities, to the neglect of our own inner springs. Why have we been seduced into abandoning this timeless inner strength of woman for the temporal outer strength of man? This outer strength of man is essential to the pattern, but even here the reign of purely outer strength and purely outward solutions seems to be waning today. Men too are being forced to look inward—to find inner solutions as well as outer ones. Perhaps this change marks a new stage of maturity for modern extrovert, activist, materialistic Western man. Can it be that he is beginning to realize that the kingdom of heaven is within?
Anne Morrow Lindbergh in Gift from the Sea, (Random House, Inc., 1997), p. 57. Originally published as Gift from the Sea, (New York: Pantheon, 1955).

Anne Morrow Lindbergh Posted on behalf of Anne Morrow Lindbergh on Saturday, March 6th, 2010 under Quotations.

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