We are able to laugh when we achieve detachment if only for a moment.

May Sarton

May Sarton

Profession: Poet
Nationality: Belgian

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I reach and have reached the timeless moment, the pure suspension within time, only through love.

We have to break the mirror to be ourselves...

One has only to set a loved human being against the fact that we are all in peril all the time to get back a sense of proportion. What does anything matter compared to the reality of love and its span, so brief at best, maintained against such odds?

The minute one utters a certainty, the opposite comes to mind.

One thing is certain, and I have always known it—the joys of my life have nothing to do with age. They do not change. Flowers, the morning and evening light, music, poetry, silence, the goldfinches darting about ...

Where joy in an old pencil is not absurd.

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

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

For any writer who wants to keep a journal, be alive to everything, not just to what you're feeling, but also to your pets, to flowers, to what you're reading.

For a long time now, every meeting with another human being has been a collision. I feel too much, sense too much, am exhausted by the reverberations after even the simplest conversation.

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

I feel more alive when I'm writing than I do at any other time--except maybe when I'm making love.

Routine is not a prison, but the way to freedom from time.

In the country of pain we are each alone.