Quotation by Kathleen Norris

... it is the desert's grimness, its stillness and isolation, that bring us back to love. Here we discover the paradox of the contemplative life, that the desert of solitude can be the school where we learn to love others.
Kathleen Norris (b. 1947), U.S. poet and farmer. Dakota, ch. 20 (1993).

Norris lived in rural Lemmon, South Dakota, a town of 1,600 people.
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