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A collection of quotes by May Sarton on life, authenticity, solitude, contentment, nature, strength, survival, education, school, life, loneliness, optimism, experience and relationships.

64 Inspiring Quotes By May Sarton That Will Give You Lessons For Life

Quick Facts

Famous As: Writer, Poet

Born On: May 3, 1912

Died On: July 16, 1995

Born In: Wondelgem

Died At Age: 83

One of the most prominent names among the great writers of the twentieth century was May Sarton. She was born Eleanore Marie Sarton but started her writing career with pen name May Sarton. Sarton earned recognition through the simple, natural and honest feelings that came alive through her works. She wrote on sensitive yet intense topics like love, homosexuality, friendship and relationship in her novels. Her poems were always backed by the incidents and the changes that she experienced in her life. As her readership grew, she started writing on topics like feminism and homosexuality. Her works, ‘Plant Dreaming Deep’, ‘Journal of a Solitude’, ‘The House by the Sea’, ‘Recovering’ and ‘At Seventy’ revealed her thoughts and emotions. Her books, ‘Punch's Secret’, and ‘A Walk through the Woods’, were written by her especially for kids. May Sarton was exalted for her work, poems, writings, quotes, thoughts and sayings, that depicted life closely and motivated people. We bring to you a collection of thoughts and quotations by May Sarton on subjects such as nature, love, creativity, women, self-doubt and aging.
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We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.

May Sarton

Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is richness of self.

May Sarton

Public education was not founded to give society what it wants. Quite the opposite.

May Sarton

The more articulate one is, the more dangerous words become.

May Sarton

Without darkness, nothing comes to birth, As without light, nothing flowers.

May Sarton

I can tell you that solitude Is not all exaltation, inner space Where the soul breathes and work can be done. Solitude exposes the nerve, Raises up ghosts. The past, never at rest, flows through it.

May Sarton

Do not deprive me of my age. I have earned it.

May Sarton

For any writer who wants to keep a journal, be alive to everything, not just to what you're feeling, but also to your pets, to flowers, to what you're reading.

May Sarton

A house that does not have one worn, comfy chair in it is soulless.

May Sarton

Anyone who is going to be a writer knows enough at fifteen to write several novels.

May Sarton

I feel like an inadequate machine, a machine that breaks down at crucial moments, grinds to a dreadful hault, 'won't go,' or, even worse, explodes in some innocent person's face.

May Sarton

The moral dilemma is to make peace with the unacceptable

May Sarton

Words are more powerful than perhaps anyone suspects, and once deeply engraved in a child's mind, they are not easily eradicated.

May Sarton

At some point I believe one has to stop holding back for fear of alienating some imaginary reader or real relative or friend, and come out with personal truth.

May Sarton

Keep busy with survival. Imitate the trees. Learn to lose in order to recover, and remember nothing stays the same for long, not even pain. Sit it out. Let it all pass. Let it go.

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I feel more alive when I'm writing than I do at any other time--except maybe when I'm making love.

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True feeling justifies whatever it may cost.

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Now I become myself. It’s taken time, many years and places.

May Sarton

Where music thundered let the mind be still, Where the will triumphed let there be no will, What light revealed, now let the dark fulfill.

May Sarton

Routine is not a prison, but the way to freedom from time.

May Sarton

A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself.

May Sarton

Wrinkles here and there seem unimportant compared to the Gestalt of the whole person I have become in this past year.

May Sarton

It is a waste of time to see people who have only a social surface to show. I will make every effort to find out the real person, but if I can't, then I am upset and cross. Time wasted is poison.

May Sarton

The most valuable thing we can do for the psyche, occasionally, is to let it rest, wander, live in the changing light of room, not try to be or do anything whatever.

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It always comes back to the same necessity: go deep enough and there is a bedrock of truth, however hard.

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For after all we make our faces as we go along...

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The gift turned inward, unable to be given, becomes a heavy burden, even sometimes a kind of poison. It is as though the flow of life were backed up.

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Nobody stays special when they're old, Anna. That's what we have to learn.

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She became for me an island of light, fun, wisdom where I could run with my discoveries and torments and hopes at any time of day and find welcome.

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For a long time, for years, I have carried in my mind the excruciating image of plants, bulbs, in a cellar, trying to grow without light, putting out white shoots that will inevitably wither.

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It is not so much trying to keep alive As trying to keep from blowing apart From inner explosions every day.

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Nothing moves fast in Texas except the windmills And the hawk that rises up with a clatter of wings. (Nothing more startling there than sudden motion, Everything is so still.)

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I am not ready to die, But I am learning to trust death As I have trusted life. I am moving Toward a new freedom

May Sarton

So let the world go, but hold fast to joy.

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One must think like a hero to behave like a merely decent human being.

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When grace is given it comes to us as joy, maybe, but it can also be earned, I am convinced, through the rigorous examination of the sources of pain.

May Sarton

Still, a person who cannot express love is stopping the flow of life, is censoring where censorship is a form of self-indulgence, the fear of giving oneself away.

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I reach and have reached the timeless moment, the pure suspension within time, only through love.

May Sarton

Don't deprive me of my age. I have earned it.

May Sarton

It is never a waste of time to be outdoors, and never a waste of time to rest, even for a few hours.

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Where joy in an old pencil is not absurd.

May Sarton

...when the petals fall Say it is beautiful and good, say it is well

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For a long time now, every meeting with another human being has been a collision. I feel too much, sense too much, am exhausted by the reverberations after even the simplest conversation.

May Sarton

Most people have to talk so they won't hear.

May Sarton

We have to break the mirror to be ourselves...

May Sarton

But tears are an indulgence. Memory sings.

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It is time I came back to my real life After this voyage to an island with no name, Where I lay down at sunrise drunk with light.

May Sarton

It is good for a professional to be reminded that his professionalism is only a husk, that the real person must remain an amateur, a lover of the work.

May Sarton

Art must be nourished by faith, the faith of an equal.

May Sarton

We fear disturbance, change, fear to bring to light and to talk about what is painful. Suffering often feels like failure, but it is actually the door into growth.

May Sarton

The reasons for depression are not so interesting as the way one handles it, simply to stay alive.

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Fighting dragons is my holy joy.

May Sarton

It is alarming to feel the soul Leap to the surface and find no sheltering wall.

May Sarton

I can tell you that solitude Is not all exaltation, inner space Where the soul breaths and work can be done. Solitude exposes the nerve, Raises up ghosts. The past, never at rest, flows through it.

May Sarton

What we have not has made us what we are. Those surface consolations have to go.

May Sarton

For only the ill are well, Only the hunted, free

May Sarton

So sometimes one has simply to endure a period of depression for what it may hold of illumination if one can live through it, attentive to what it exposes or demands.

May Sarton

Sometimes I imagine life itself as merely a long preparation and waiting, a long darkness of growth toward these adventures of the spirit, a picaresque novel, so to speak, in which the episodes are all inward.

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Alive to the loving past She conjures her own. Nothing is wholly lost— Sun on the stone. And lilacs in their splendor Like lost friends Come back through grief to tell her Love never ends.

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Whatever peace I know rests in the natural world, in feeling myself a part of it, even in a small way.

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It feels a long way up and down from zero.

May Sarton

It is good for a professional to be reminded that his professionalism is only a husk, that the real person must remain an amateur, a lover or the work.

May Sarton

In the end what kills is not agony (for agony at least asks something of the soul) but everyday life.

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And now we who are writing women and strange monsters Still search our hearts to find the difficult answers, Still hope that we may learn to lay our hands More gently and more subtly on the burning sands.

May Sarton