Tuesday, September 22, 2009

"The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places." - What It Really Means

I keep seeing people quote use the quote, "The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places" it in an inspirational way, hoping that they too will be stronger from the hurts that life has dealt them. It was used repeatedly in the movie "Bottle Shock" where both the grapes and the characters are better off as a result of the hardships they endure. It's nice, sure, and filled with warm fuzzies until you read the rest of the quote.

"The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry." - Ernest Hemingway
Maybe, just maybe, many are made stronger in the places where life has broken them. Hemingway seems to be saying that it really doesn't matter .The lesson is that in the end, the world will kill you. Just because it hasn't swooped in to do the job right away doesn't mean it has forgotten. It just means you are not good enough, gentle enough or brave enough for there to be any rush.

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