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I know I never write about books on here, but today I want to talk about one work in particular that has made a tremendous impact on me. milk and honey by rupi kaur is a book of poetry that was published in 2015. It tells stories of love and loss, failed relationships, abuse, and neglect. It is divided into four sections, “the hurting,” “the loving,” “the breaking,” and “the healing.”

While the tone of the first three sections is dark and melancholy, “the healing” section is uplifting and empowering. “the healing” tells the story of how the author recovered from abuse and heartbreak. All of the quotes I have included in this post are from “the healing” section because I think they are all very empowering, especially if you can personally identify with the experiences of the author. In this post, I’m going to share the 20 quotes from this work that I found the most empowering.

I won’t discuss my personal life experiences in detail, but I can identify with many of the themes present in this work. I know that many women have gone through the same struggles, and I think it’s important to raise awareness for works like milk and honey. This book is amazing because the author is so honest in her descriptions of her tragic life experiences and resulting emotions. Topics such as abuse and depression are often considered taboo, but rupi kaur addresses them in the most real and raw manner. Writers like rupi kaur are few and far between. She is incredible, and I think her work is important because it has the potential to help many people (including myself).

Even though milk and honey was published over two years ago, I still find so much inspiration in this work by rupi kaur. That’s why I’m sharing this post today. I hope you can find inspiration in these quotes as well!

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do not bother holding on to
that thing that does not want you
– you cannot make it stay
– (p. 149)

you must enter a relationship
with yourself
before anyone else
– (p. 150)

it is a part of the
human experience to feel pain
do not be afraid
open yourself to it
– evolving
– (p. 152)


loneliness is a sign you are in desperate need of yourself
– (p. 153)


if you were born with
the weakness to fall
you were born with
the strength to rise
– (p. 156)


it takes grace
to remain kind
in cruel situations
– (p. 160)


there is a difference between
someone telling you
they love you and
them actually
loving you
– (p. 162)


to be
to be
– (p. 166)


you deserve to be
completely found
in your surroundings
not lost within them
– (p. 167)


accept yourself
as you were designed
– (p. 172)


other women’s bodies
are not our battlegrounds
– (p. 175)



you were a dragon long before
he came around and said
you could fly

you will remain a dragon
long after he’s left
– (p. 178)


i want to apologize to all the women
i have called pretty
before i’ve called them intelligent or brave
– (p. 179)


if the hurt comes
so will the happiness
– be patient
– (p. 182)


how you love yourself is
how you teach others
to love you
– (p. 186)


are your own
soul mate
– (p. 189)


we all move forward when
we recognize how resilient
and striking the women
around us are
– (p. 191)


you have to stop
searching for why at some point
you have to leave it alone
– (p. 196)


you must
want to spend
the rest of your life
with yourself
– (p. 198)



give to those
who have nothing
to give to you
– seva (selfless service)
– (p. 203)



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