May Sarton Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old may sarton quotes, may sarton sayings, and may sarton proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

May Sarton

Though friendship is not quick to burn, it is explosive stuff.      

May Sarton

We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.     

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One does not 'find oneself' by pursuing one's self, but on the contrary by pursuing something else and learning through discipline or routine... who one is and wants to be.     

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Don't forget that compared to a grownup person every baby is a genius.     

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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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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

Don't forget that compared to a grownup person every baby is a genius.     

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It is the privilege of those who fear love to murder those who do not fear it!     

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

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Love opens the doors into everything, as far as I can see, including and perhaps most of all, the door into one's own secret, and often terrible and frightening, real self.     

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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.     

May Sarton

Gardening gives one back a sense of proportion about everything — except itself.     

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We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.     

May Sarton

We are all jellyfish, too pitiful and too afraid of being disliked to be honest.     

May Sarton

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.     

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It is sometimes the most fragile things that have the power to endure and become sources of strength.     

May Sarton

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

May Sarton

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

May Sarton

We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.     

May Sarton

For any writer who wants to keep a jounal, 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

Revision is not going back and fussing around, but going forward into the process of creation     

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Old age is not an illness, it is a timeless ascent. As power diminishes, we grow toward the light.     

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If we are to understand the human condition, and if we are to accept ourselves in all the complexity, self-doubt, extravagance of feeling, guilt, joy, the slow freeing of the self to its full capacity for action and creation, both as human being and as artist, we have to know all we can about each other, and we have to be willing to go naked.     

May Sarton

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

May Sarton

I simply adore being alone - I find it a consuming thirst - and when that thirst is slaked, then I am happy.     

May Sarton

Though friendship is not quick to burn, it is explosive stuff.      

May Sarton

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