May Sarton Quotes

May Sarton


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

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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.

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

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There is only one real deprivation... and that is not to be able to give one's gifts to those one loves most.

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

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Once more I realize that solitude is my element, and the reason is that extreme awareness of other people (all naturally solitary people must feel this) precludes awareness of one's self, so after a while the self no longer knows that it exists.

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[In old age] there is a childlike innocence, often, that has nothing to do with the childishness of senility. The moments become precious . . .

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

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Gardening is one of the rewards of middle age, when one is ready for an impersonal passion, a passion that demands patience, acute awareness of a world outside oneself, and the power to keep on growing through all the times of drought, through the cold snows, towards those moments of pure joy when all failures are forgotten and the plum tree flowers.

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Time unbounded is hard to handle.

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Absence becomes the greatest Presence.

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Why is it that people who cannot show feeling presume that that is a strength and not a weakness?

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For inside all the weakness of old age, the spirit, God knows, is as mercurial as it ever was.

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In the garden the door is always open into the holy.

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

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