Merely Decent

May Sarton

Quotes from May Sarton 
(May 3, 1912-July 16, 1995)

"One thing is certain, and I have always known it--the joys of my life have nothing to do with age."

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

"Help us to be ever faithful gardeners of the spirit, who know that without darkness nothing comes to birth, and without light nothing flowers."

"It always comes to the same necessity: go deep enough and there is a bedrock of truth, however hard."

"Most people have to talk so they won't hear."

"The creative person, the person who moves from an irrational source of power, has to face the fact that this power antagonizes. Under all the superficial praise of the 'creative' is the desire to kill. It is the old war between the mystic and the non-mystic, a war to the death."

"The hardest thing we are asked to do in this world is to remain aware of suffering, suffering about which we can do nothing."