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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Gabriela Mistral on love, children,poet, poetry, inspiration, child, education, moment, time and literature.

23 Mind-Blowing Quotes By Gabriela Mistral

Quick Facts

Famous As: Chilean poet

Born On: April 7, 1889

Died On: January 10, 1957

Born In: Vicuña

Died At Age: 67

Lucila Godoy y Alcayaga, popular by her pseudonym Gabriela Mistral, was a diplomat, poet, humanist and educationist. She was the first author from South America to win the ‘Nobel Prize in Literature’ in 1945. She is without doubt one of the greatest literary figures in the history of Chile or South America. Her poems are still read by people in different parts of the world. Some of the subjects that she regularly wrote about in her poems included sadness, melancholy, love, nature, the love of mother and nature among others. Some of Mistral’s most well-known works include ‘Sonnets of Death’, ‘Poems of Chile’, ‘Readings for Women’, ‘Harvesting’, ‘Despair’ and ‘Ternura’ among many others that captivated audiences worldwide. Mistral not only devoted to literature but was deeply involved in a range of philanthropic causes as well. In fact, in her will, she left behind all the proceeds from her book sales to poor children living in Monte Grande, a place where she spent much of her childhood. Let us browse through deceptively simple, sensible and inspirational quotes and thoughts by Gabriela Mistral that hold a world of wisdom.
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You shall create beauty not to excite the senses but to give sustenance to the soul.

Gabriela Mistral

Love that stammers, that stutters, is apt to be the love that loves best.

Gabriela Mistral

Now my belly is as noble as my heart.

Gabriela Mistral

We are guilty of many errors and many faults, but our worst crime is abandoning the children, neglecting the fountain of life. Many of the things we need can wait. The child cannot. Right now is the time his bones are being formed, his blood is being made, and his senses are being developed. To him we cannot answer ‘Tomorrow,’ his name is today.

Gabriela Mistral

Love beauty it is the shadow of God on the universe

Gabriela Mistral

Speech is our second possession, after the soul-and perhaps we have no other possession in this world.

Gabriela Mistral

Let the earth look at me, and bless me, for now I am fecund and sacred, like the palms and the furrows.

Gabriela Mistral

The poet is an untier of knots, and love without words is a knot, and it drowns.

Gabriela Mistral

Love beauty; it is the shadow of God on the universe

Gabriela Mistral

Writing tends to cheer me; it always soothes my spirit and blesses me with the gift of an innocent, tender, childlike day. It is the sensation of having spent a few hours in my homeland, with my customs, free whims, my total freedom.

Gabriela Mistral

What the soul is to the body, so is the artist to his people,

Gabriela Mistral

There is the joy of being healthy and fair, but there is overall the beauty, the immense joy of being useful.

Gabriela Mistral

I write poetry because I can’t disobey the impulse; it would be like blocking a spring that surges up in my throat. For a long time I’ve been the servant of the song that comes, that appears and can’t be buried away. How to seal myself up now?…It no longer matters to me who receives what I submit. What I carry out is, in that respect, greater and deeper than I, I am merely the channel.

Gabriela Mistral

Many things we need can wait. The child cannot. Now is the time his bones are formed, his mind developed. To him we cannot say tomorrow, his name is today.

Gabriela Mistral

In the secret of night, my prayer climbs like the liana, My prayer is, and I am not. It grows, and I perish. I have only my hard breath, my reason and my madness. I cling to the vine of my prayer. I tend it at the root of the stalk of night.

Gabriela Mistral

Now I am nothing but a veil; all my body is a veil beneath which a child sleeps.

Gabriela Mistral

All night I have suffered; all night my flesh has trembled to bring forth its gift. The sweat of death is on my forehead; but it is not death, it is life!

Gabriela Mistral

I have all that I lost and I go carrying my childhood like a favorite flower that perfumes my hand.

Gabriela Mistral

For me, religiosity is ... the constant remembrance of the presence of the soul.

Gabriela Mistral

My grief and my smile begin in your face, my son.

Gabriela Mistral

Let the radiance of my enthusiasms envelop the poor courtyard and the bare classroom. Let my heart be a stronger column and my goodwill purer gold than the columns and gold of rich schools.

Gabriela Mistral

I have a faithful joy and a joy that is lost. One is like a rose, the other, a thorn. The one that was stolen I have not lost.

Gabriela Mistral

Dusk I feel my heart melting in the mildness like candles: my veins are slow oil and not wine, and I feel my life fleeing hushed and gentle like the gazelle.

Gabriela Mistral