31 Famous Anne Sexton Quotes

31 Famous Anne Sexton Quotes

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Anne Sexton was a poet from Newton, Massachusetts. She is most famous for her book Live or Die, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1967. Her writings are focused on her battle against depression and are typically dark in nature. She died on October 4, 1974 at the age of 45.

“A woman who writes feels too much.”

“All who love have lied.”

“As for me, I am a watercolor.”

“But I can’t. Need is not quite belief.”

“Death, I need my little addiction to you. I need that tiny voice who, even as I rise from the sea, all woman, all there, says kill me, kill me.”

“Death’s in the good-bye.”

“Even without wars, life is dangerous.”

“God owns heaven but He craves the earth.”

“his last look at everyone.”

“I am a collection of dismantled almosts.”

“I am stuffing your mouth with your promises and watching you vomit them out upon my face.”

“I burn the way money burns.”

“I like you; your eyes are full of language.”

“I must always forget how one word is able to pick out another, to manner another, until I have got something I might have said… but did not.”

“In my sights I carve him like a sculptor. I mold out.”

“It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.”

“It would be pleasant to be drunk.”

“Live or die, but don’t poison everything.”

“Meanwhile in my head, I’m undergoing open-heart surgery.”

“Need is not quite belief.”

“O starry night, This is how I want to die.”

“Poetry is my life, my postmark, my hands, my kitchen, my face.”

“Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.”

“Saints have no moderation, nor do poets, just exuberance.”

“Sometimes the soul takes pictures of things it has wished for, but never seen.”

“Suicide is, after all, the opposite of the poem.”

“Talk to me about sadness. I talk about it too much in my own head but I never mind others talking about it either; I occasionally feel like I tremendously need others to talk about it as

“The beautiful feeling after writing a poem is on the whole better even than after sex, and that’s saying a lot.”

“The joy that isn’t shared dies young.”

“We are all writing God’s poem.”

“When I’m writing, I know I’m doing the thing I was born to do.”