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

May Sarton

May Sarton

Profession: Poet
Nationality: Belgian

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It feels a long way up and down from zero.

But tears are an indulgence. Memory sings.

Art must be nourished by faith, the faith of an equal.

How does one grow up? I asked a friend the other day. There was a slight pause; then she answered, By thinking.

Help us to be ever faithful gardeners of the spirit, who know that without darkness nothing comes to birth, and without light nothing flowers.

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

We cannot withdraw love without damaging ourselves. I have been badly hurt again but I see this morning that it does not really matter because I perceive the truth. Rage is the deprived infant in me but there is also a compassionate mother in me and she will come back with her healing powers in time.

Do not deprive me of my age. I have earned it.

When I talk about solitude I am really talking also about making space for that intense, hungry face at the window, starved cat, starved person.

Wrinkles here and there seem unimportant compared to the Gestalt of the whole person I have become in this past year.

Self-respect is nothing to hide behind. When you need it most it isn't there.

For a long time, for years, I have carried in my mind the excruciating image of plants, bulbs, in a cellar, trying to grow without light, putting out white shoots that will inevitably wither.

All aspiring writers say these things: "I will not compromise and write a best seller!"—as if they could! There may be a few totally faked-up books that sell, but on the whole I believe every writer writes as well as he can.

The fierce tension in me, when it is properly channeled, creates the good tension for work. But when it becomes unbalanced I am destructive. How to isolate that good tension is my problem these days. Or, put in another way, how to turn the heat down fast enough so the soup won't boil over!