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Quotations From MAY SARTON

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  • 1.
    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.
    May Sarton (b. 1912), U.S. poet, novelist. Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing, pt. 2 (1965).

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  • 2.
    Self-respect is nothing to hide behind. When you need it most it isn't there.
    May Sarton (b. 1912), U.S. poet, novelist. Hilary Stevens, in "Epilogue: Mar," Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing (1965).

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  • 3.
    When one's not writing poems—and I'm not at the moment—you wonder how you ever did it. It's like another country you can't reach.
    May Sarton (1912-1995), U.S. author. As quoted in Women Writers Talking, ch. 1, by Janet Todd (1983).
  • 4.
    ...I feel more alive when I'm writing than I do at any other time—except when I'm making love. Two things when you forget time, when nothing exists except the moment—the moment of writing, the moment of love. That perfect concentration is bliss.
    May Sarton (1912-1995), U.S. author. As quoted in Women Writers Talking, ch. 1, by Janet Todd (1983).

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  • 5.
    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.
    May Sarton (b. 1912), U.S. poet, novelist. Hilary Stevens, in Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing, pt. 2 (1965).

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  • 6.
    It is the privilege of those who fear love to murder those who do not fear it!
    May Sarton (b. 1912), U.S. poet, novelist. Hilary Stevens, in Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing, pt. 2 (1965).

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