Keep this book by your bedside forever. I know that I will. Beautiful, elegant, tiny essays on the consoling power of words, written by one of my favorite living poets. I think Whyte is as much a mystic as an author, and this book proves it. Beautiful, soulful, thoughtful.
— Elizabeth Gilbert, author of "Eat, Pray Love" & "The Signature of All Things"

Author Elizabeth Gilbert named CONSOLATIONS her top book of 2015, and Maria Popova, of Brain Pickings, included it on her list of "best 15 books of 2015".


With the imagery of a poet and the reflection of a philosopher, David Whyte turns his attention to 52 ordinary words, each its own particular doorway into the underlying currents of human life.

Beginning with Alone and closing with Work, each chapter is a meditation on meaning and context, an invitation to shift and broaden our perspectives on the inevitable vicissitudes of life: pain and joy, honesty and anger, confession and vulnerability, the experience of feeling besieged and the desire to run away from it all. Through this lens, procrastination may be a necessary ripening; hiding an act of freedom; and shyness the appropriate confusion and helplessness that accompanies the first stage of revelation.

Consolations invites readers into a poetic and thoughtful consideration of words whose meaning and interpretation influence the paths we choose and the way we traverse them throughout our lives.

Vulnerability is the ever-present and abiding undercurrent of our natural state. To run from vulnerability is to run from the essence of our nature; the attempt to be invulnerable is the vain attempt to become something we are not.
— from the essay, VULNERABILITY
Consolations remains one of the most luminous books I’ve ever encountered.
— Maria Popova,