“Woman's life today is tending more and more toward
the state William James describes so well in the
German word, 'Zerrissenheit: torn-to-pieces-hood.'
She cannot live perpetually in 'Zerrissenheit.'
She will be shattered into a thousand pieces.
On the contrary, she must consciously encourage
those pursuits which oppose the centrifugal forces of today….
Solitude, says the moon shell.
Center-down, say the Quaker saints.
To the possession of the self
the way is inward, says Plotinus.
The cell of self-knowledge is the stall in which
the pilgrim must be reborn, says St. Catherine of Siena.”
– Anne Morrow (Lindbergh,)
Gift from the Sea, 1955