Marguerite Yourcenar Quotes

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Every invalid is a prisoner.
One reaches all great events of life a virgin.
— Marguerite Yourcenar Fires

virginity

The mask, given time, comes to be the face itself.
— Marguerite Yourcenar

be yourself

For me, a poet is someone who is "in contact."  Someone through whom a current is passing.

poets

In the evenings the art of building gave way to that of music, which is architecture, too, though invisible.

music

The writer must soak up the subject completely, as a plant soaks up water, until the ideas are ready to sprout.

writers

Life was to me like a horse to whose motions one yields, but only after having trained the animal to the utmost.

life

The memory of most men is an abandoned cemetery where lie, unsung and unhonored, the dead whom they have ceased to cherish.

memory

The true birthplace is that wherein for the first time one looks intelligently upon oneself; my first homelands have been books, and to a lesser degree schools.

books school