The teeth are smiling, but is the heart?

~African Proverb

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“I sat down, turning the pages of my notebook in search of a blank page, in the dim light of my room. The arrival of nightfall had invited leafy shadows to play hide and seek in the glass reflection of the window. I smiled as one of these mischievous shadows crept across the page in a midnight dance.”

― Gina Marinello-Sweeney, I Thirst

When prodigals return great things are done.

A.A. Dowty

 

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“No matter how many sins you make or how slow you travel back toward God’s valley, you are still way ahead of a person who never made a mistake and doesn’t know what it is like to climb out of a pit of shame and rise above their temptations.”

― Shannon L. Alder

telling doesn’t help me – it helps you. As Wilde says, It is the confession, not the priest, that gives absolution…”

― John Geddes, A Familiar Rain

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“Sometimes you have to stick your finger down your throat and vomit up the disgusting insides of the self… sometimes you have to increase the nausea in order to get rid of the disgust…”
― Gail Hareven, The Confessions of Noa Weber: A Novel