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

    May Sarton
  • Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is richness of self

    May Sarton
  • There is no doubt that solitude is a challenge and to maintain balance within it a precarious business. But I must not forget that, for me, being with people or even with one beloved person for any length of time without solitude is even worse. I lose my center. I feel dispersed, scattered, in pieces. I must have time alone in which to mull over my encounter, and to extract its juice, its essence, to understand what has really happened to me as a consequence of it

    May Sarton
  • Without darkness, nothing comes to birth, As without light, nothing flowers

    May Sarton
  • I always forget how important the empty days are, how important it may be sometimes not to expect to produce anything, even a few lines in a journal. A day when one has not pushed oneself to the limit seems a damaged, damaging day, a sinful day. Not so! The most valuable thing one can do for the psyche, occasionally, is to let it rest, wander, live in the changing light of a room

    May Sarton
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