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Quotes by May Sarton - (20 quotes)

May Sarton - From the Art category:

If art is not to be life-enhancing, what is it to be? (May Sarton)

May Sarton - From the Belief category:

One must believe that private dilemmas are, if deeply examined, universal, and so, if expressed, have a human value beyond the private, and one must also believe in the vehicle for expressing them, in the talent. (May Sarton)

May Sarton - From the Character category:

One thinks like a hero to behave like a merely decent human being. (May Sarton)

May Sarton - From the Depression category:

Sometimes one has simply to endure a period of depression for what it may hold of illumination if one can live through it, attentive to what it exposes or demands. (May Sarton)

May Sarton - From the Emotion category:

I want feelings to be expressed, to be open, to be natural, not to be looked on as strange. It's not weird if you feel deeply. (May Sarton)

May Sarton - From the Friendship category:

Am I too old, perhaps, ever to take in another's life to share with mine on a permanent basis? If so, I must make do with what I have... and what I have is a great richness of friends and a positively ardent love of nature. Not nothing! (May Sarton)

May Sarton - From the Gender category:

I would predicate that in all great works of genius masculine and feminine elements in the personality find expression, whether this androgynous nature is played out sexually or not. (May Sarton)

May Sarton - From the Happiness category:

It looks as if I were meant to be alone, and that any hope of happiness is not meant. Am I too old to acquire the knack for happiness? (May Sarton)

May Sarton - From the Humanity category:

If we are to understand the human condition, and if we are to accept ourselves in all the complexity, self-doubt, extravagance of feeling, guilt, joy, the slow freeing of the self to its full capacity for action and creation, both as human being and as artist, we have to know all we can about each other, and we have to be willing to go naked. (May Sarton)

May Sarton - From the Inspiration category:

You can't plan for a seizure of feeling, and for this reason I put everything else aside when I'm inspired. (May Sarton)

May Sarton - From the Joy category:

Real joy is becoming exceedingly rare among artists of any kind. And I have an idea that those who can and do communicate it are always people who have had a hard time. Then the joy has no smugness or self-righteousness in it, is inclusive not exclusive, and comes close to prayer. (May Sarton)

May Sarton - From the Patience category:

We can do anything, or almost, but how balanced, magnanimous, and modest one has to be to do anything! And also how patient. It is as true in the arts as anywhere else. (May Sarton)

May Sarton - From the Poetry category:

Why should it happen that among the great many women whom I see and am fond of, suddenly somebody I meet for half an hour opens the door into poetry? (May Sarton)

May Sarton - From the Risk category:

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

May Sarton - From the Solitude category:

The value of solitude – one of its values – is, of course, that there is nothing to cushion against attacks from within, just as there is nothing to help balance at times of particular stress or depression... (May Sarton)

May Sarton - From the Thinking category:

People who are always thinking of the feelings of others can be very destructive because they are hiding so much from themselves. (May Sarton)

May Sarton - From the Time category:

Time unbounded is hard to handle. (May Sarton)

May Sarton - From the Truth category:

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

May Sarton - From the Understanding category:

We are all, whether we know it or not, in search of a way to enrich, to drink during the fizz, to inhale deeper our gifts, in a desperation for some little understanding before death. (May Sarton)

May Sarton - From the Words category:

I suppose I envy painters because they can meditate on form and structure, on color and light, and not concern themselves with human torment and chaos. It is restful even to imagine expression without words. (May Sarton)