Marguerite Yourcenar Quotes

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


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.


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


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


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


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


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.

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