May Sarton

May Sarton (May 3, 1912-July 16, 1995) was an American poet, novelist, and memoirist born in Wondelgem, Belgium. Many of her novels and poems are pellucid reflections of the lesbian experience

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A man with a talent does what is expected of him, makes his way, constructs, is an engineer, a composer, a builder of bridges. It's the natural order of things that he construct objects outside himself and his family. The woman who does so is aberrant. We have to expiate for this cursed talent someone handed out to us, by mistake, in the black mystery of genetics.
In a total work, the failures have their not unimportant place.
It is the privilege of those who fear love to murder those who do not fear it!
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 we agree that private life is irrelevant? Multiple, mixed, ambiguous at best -- out of it we try to fashion the crystal clear, the singular, the absolute, and that is what is relevant; that is what matters.
Most people have to talk so they won't hear.
One must think like a hero to behave like a merely decent human being.
Self-respect is nothing to hide behind. When you need it most it isn't there.
The creative person, the person who moves from an irrational source of power, has to face the fact that this power antagonizes. Under all the superficial praise of the creative is the desire to kill. It is the old war between the mystic and the nonmystic, a war to the death.
The minute one utters a certainty, the opposite comes to mind.
There is only one real deprivation, I decided this morning, and that is not to be able to give one's gifts to those one loves most.
There is only one real deprivation... and that is not to be able to give one's gifts to those one loves most.
Though friendship is not quick to burn, It is explosive stuff.
We are able to laugh when we achieve detachment, if only for a moment.
We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.
Women are at last becoming persons first and wives second, and that is as it should be.

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