32 Total Quotes

May Sarton Quotes

Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self.
May Sarton
#American Poet #Loneliness

One must think like a hero to behave like a merely decent human being.
May Sarton
#American Poet

Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.
May Sarton
#American Poet #Nature

True feeling justifies whatever it may cost
May Sarton
#Cost

No partner in a love relationship...should feel that he has to give up an essential part of himself to make it viable.
May Sarton
#Love #Quote of the Day

In the country of pain we are each alone
May Sarton
#Country

Don't forget that compared to a grownup person every baby is a genius. Think of the capacity to learn! The freshness, the temperament, the will of a baby a few months old!
May Sarton
#American Poet

Innocence is not pure so much as pleased, Always expectant, bright-eyed, self-enclosed
May Sarton
#Innocence

A man with a talent does what is expected of him, makes his way, constructs, is an engineer, a composer, a builder of bridges. It's the natural order of things that he construct objects outside himself and his family. The woman who does so is aberrant. We have to expiate for this cursed talent someone handed out to us, by mistake, in the black mystery of genetics.
May Sarton
#Talent #Man

May we agree that private life is irrelevant? Multiple, mixed, ambiguous at best -- out of it we try to fashion the crystal clear, the singular, the absolute, and that is what is relevant; that is what matters.
May Sarton
#Fashion

We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be
May Sarton
#Self

Help us to be ever faithful gardeners of the spirit, who know that without darkness nothing comes to birth, and without light nothing flowers.
May Sarton
#American Poet #Birth

Most people have to talk so they won't hear.
May Sarton
#American Poet #People

The creative person, the person who moves from an irrational source of power, has to face the fact that this power antagonizes. Under all the superficial praise of the "creative" is the desire to kill.
May Sarton
#Power

The minute one utters a certainty, the opposite comes to mind.
May Sarton
#American Poet #Certainty

It is the privilege of those who fear love to murder those who do not fear it!
May Sarton
#American Poet #Fear

Self-respect is nothing to hide behind. When you need it most it isn't there.
May Sarton
#American Poet

Now there is time and time is young.<br/>O, in this single hour I live<br/>All of myself and do not move.<br/>I, the pursued, who madly ran,<br/>Stand still, stand still, and stop the sun!
May Sarton
#Sun

The creative person, the person who moves from an irrational source of power, has to face the fact that this power antagonizes. Under all the superficial praise of the ''creative'' is the desire to kill. It is the old war between the mystic and the nonmystic, a war to the death.
May Sarton
#Creativity

No partner in a love relationship... should feel that he has to give up an essential part of himself to make it viable.
May Sarton
#American Poet

A house that does not have one warm, comfy chair in it is soulless.
May Sarton
#American Poet

In a total work, the failures have their not unimportant place.
May Sarton
#American Poet