By Lynnie Stein / October 11, 2022

milk and honey.. “the hurting”, “the loving”, “the breaking”, and “the healing”

milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache.

It’s a book filled with poetry and prose about some of life’s most challenging moments and what can be learned from them. I love to use poetry and affirmations as part of my self care. As I read through “the hurting”, “the loving”, “the breaking”, and “the healing”, it is easy to find a focus on appreciating the little incredible moments and beauty in life. 

The title ‘milk and honey’ was inspired by a poem Rupi wrote in 2012, where she used ‘milk and honey’ as a metaphor to describe the strength and resilience of Sikh widows who survived the Sikh genocide of 1984.

It’s divided into four sections: the hurting, the loving, the breaking, and the healing.

Will you live your one life loving and respecting yourself or will you live trying to receive the acceptance of others?

These Milk and Honey quotes will get you thinking.

“how is it so easy for you to be kind to people he asked milk and honey dripped from my lips as I answered cause people have not been kind to me”

– Milk and Honey
milk and honey book by rupi kaur

“I have what I have and I am happy I’ve lost what I’ve lost and I am still happy – outlook”

“if you were born with the weakness to fall you were born with the strength to rise”

“stay strong through your pain grow flowers from it you have helped me grow flowers out of mine so bloom beautifully dangerously loudly bloom softly however you need just bloom”

“the world gives you so much pain and here you are making gold out of it – there is nothing purer than that”

“do not look for healing at the feet of those who broke you”

“you look at me and cry everything hurts I hold you and whisper but everything can heal”

“Loneliness is a sign you are in desperate need of yourself.”

“how you love yourself is how you teach others to love you”

“I am a museum full of art but you had your eyes shut”

“people go but how they left always stays

“love will come and when love comes love will hold you love will call your name and you will melt sometimes though love will hurt you but love will never mean to love will play no games cause love knows life has been hard enough already”

Rupi Kaur
– Milk and Honey

No, it won’t be love at first sight when we meet it’ll be love at first remembrance cause i’ve seen you in my mother’s eyes when she tells me to marry the type of man i’d want to raise my son to be like”

Rupi Kaur
– Milk and Honey

“you were not wrong for leaving/you were wrong for coming back/and thinking/you could have me/when it was convenient/and leave when it was not”

– Milk and Honey

Did you enjoy these Milk and Honey quotes?

  • The Milk and Honey quotes above highlight how important it is to love ourselves.
  • If we do not love ourselves, how can anyone else truly love us?
  • People will see you how you see yourself.
  • If you choose to look negatively at yourself others will also.
  • Don’t set boundaries for yourself.
  • Continue to grow and give the world the best of yourself.
  • As you continue to grow you will meet new people and expand your horizons. 
  • If you are waiting for the right person to come along to complete you, then you will never be complete.

Instead, know that you are enough just as you are.

What’s your biggest takeaway from these milk and honey quotes?

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