May Sarton Quotes

Who on Earth is May Sarton?

May Sarton is the pen name of Eleanore Marie Sarton, a prolific Belgian-American poet, novelist and memoirist. She is the daughter of science historian George Sarton.

Born May 03, 1912
Died July 16, 1995

Books by May Sarton


Best 10 Quotes by May Sarton

“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.”

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

“I think of the trees and how simply they let go, let fall the riches of a season, how without grief (it seems) they can let go and go deep into their roots for renewal and sleep.... Imitate the trees. Learn to lose in order to recover, and remember that nothing stays the same for long, not even pain, psychic pain. Sit it out. Let it all pass. Let it go.”

May Sarton

“I would like to believe when I die that I have given myself away like a tree that sows seed every spring and never counts the loss, because it is not loss, it is adding to future life. It is the tree's way of being. Strongly rooted perhaps, but spilling out its treasure on the wind.”

May Sarton

“Read between the lines. Then meet me in the silence if you can.”

May Sarton

“The trouble is, old age is not interesting until one gets there. It's a foreign country with an unknown language to the young and even to the middle-aged.”

May Sarton

“We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.”

May Sarton

“When you change the way you look at a thing, the thing itself changes.”

May Sarton

“Without darkness, nothing comes to birth, As without light, nothing flowers.”

May Sarton

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

May Sarton