Public education was not founded to give society what it wants. Quite the opposite.

May Sarton

May Sarton

Profession: Poet
Nationality: Belgian

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Everything in us presses toward decision, even toward the wrong decision, just to be free of the anxiety that precedes any big step in life.

Deep down there was understanding, not of the facts of our lives so much as of our essential natures.

True feeling justifies whatever it may cost.

Anyone who is going to be a writer knows enough at fifteen to write several novels.

In the end what kills is not agony (for agony at least asks something of the soul) but everyday life.

Now I become myself. It's taken time, many years and places.

Words are more powerful than perhaps anyone suspects, and once deeply engraved in a child's mind, they are not easily eradicated.

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

But tears are an indulgence. Memory sings.

Schubert Impromptus that Louise Bogan gave me—Opus 90 and Opus 142, Gieseking.

At some point I believe one has to stop holding back for fear of alienating some imaginary reader or real relative or friend, and come out with personal truth.

When I am alone the flowers are really seen; I can pay attention to them. They are felt as presences. Without them I would die. Why do I say that? Partly because they change before my eyes. They live and die in a few days; they keep me closely in touch with process, with growth, and also with dying. I am floated on their moments.

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.

Women have come to understand ourselves as central, not peripheral, before anything real can happen. We have to depend on ourselves...This cannot be done against men, and that's the real problem...It cannot be woman against man. It has to be woman finding her true self with or without man, but not against man.