May Sarton

A Quote by May Sarton on flowers, growth, and living dying

When I am alone the flowers are really seen; I can pay attention to them.  They are felt as presences.  Without them I would die...they change before my eyes.  They live and die in a few days; they keep me closely in touch with the process, with growth, and also with dying.  I am floated on their moments.

May Sarton

Source: Journal of a Solitude

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A Quote by May Sarton on despair, gentleness, enigma, light, aware, and sacred

Here life goes on, even and monotonous on the surface, full of lightning, of summits and of despair, in its depths. We have now arrived at a stage in life so rich in new perceptions that cannot be transmitted to those at another stage - one feels at the same time full of so much gentleness and so much despair - the enigma of this life grows, grows, drowns one and crushes one, then all of a sudden in a supreme moment of light one becomes aware of the sacred.

May Sarton

Source: The Journal of A Solitude

Contributed by: Meredith

A Quote by May Sarton on country and pain

In the country of pain we are each alone.

May Sarton

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by May Sarton on world

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It was completely fruitless to quarrel with the world, whereas the quarrel with oneself was occasionally fruitful and always, she had to admit, interesting.

May Sarton

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by May Sarton on chance and holidays

A holiday gives one a chance to look backward and forward, to reset oneself by an inner compass.

May Sarton

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A Quote by May Sarton on needs, respect, and self-respect

Self-respect is nothing to hide behind. When you need it most it isn't there.

May Sarton

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A Quote by May Sarton on force, grace, nature, and patience

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

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by May Sarton on birth, creativity, death, garden, good, growth, and mystery

In the garden the door is always open into the "holy" - growth, birth, death. Every flower holds the whole mystery in its short cycle, and in the garden we are never far away from death, the fertilizing, good, creative death.

May Sarton

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A Quote by May Sarton on necessity and truth

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

May Sarton

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A Quote by May Sarton on endurance and struggle

We saw the strong trees struggle and their plumes do down, The poplar bend and whip back till it split to fall, The elm tear up at the root and topple like a crown, The pine crack at the base - we had to watch them all. The ash, the lovely cedar. We had to watch them fall. They went so softly under the loud flails of air, Before that fury they went down like feathers, With all the hundred springs that flowered in their hair, and all the years, endured in all the weathers - To fall as if they were nothing, as if they were feathers.

May Sarton

Source: We Have Seen the Wind, 1938

Contributed by: Zaady

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