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May Sarton quotes (21)

A house that does not have one warm, comfy chair in it is soulless.
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Don't forget that compared to a grownup person every baby is a genius. Think of the capacity to learn! The freshness, the temperament, the will of a baby a few months old!
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Each day, and the living of it, has to be a conscious creation in which discipline and order are relieved with some play and pure foolishness.
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Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.
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Help us to be ever faithful gardeners of the spirit, who know that without darkness nothing comes to birth, and without light nothing flowers.
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In a total work, the failures have their not unimportant place.
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In the country of pain we are each alone.
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It is the privilege of those who fear love to murder those who do not fear it!
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Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self.
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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.
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Most people have to talk so they won't hear.
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No partner in a love relationship... should feel that he has to give up an essential part of himself to make it viable.
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One must think like a hero to behave like a merely decent human being.
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Self-respect is nothing to hide behind. When you need it most it isn't there.
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The garden is growth and change and that means loss as well as constant new treasures to make up for a few disasters.
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The minute one utters a certainty, the opposite comes to mind.
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The more articulate one is, the more dangerous words become.
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There is only one real deprivation... and that is not to be able to give one's gifts to those one loves most.
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True feeling justifies whatever it may cost.
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We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.
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Women are at last becoming persons first and wives second, and that is as it should be.
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