37 Great Edna St. Vincent Millay Quotes

37 Great Edna St. Vincent Millay Quotes

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Edna St. Vincent Millay was a playwright and lyrical poet from Rockland, Maine. She often used the name Nancy Boyd for her controversial work. It has been said that she wrote some of the best sonnets of the century. She was also the third women to win a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. She died on October 19, 1950 at the age of 58.

“A person who publishes a book willfully appears before the populace with his pants down. If it is a good book nothing can hurt him. If it is a bad book nothing can help him.”

“And reaching up my hand to try, I screamed to feel it touch the sky.”

“April comes like an idiot, babbling and stewing flowers.”

“Beauty is whatever gives joy.”

“But you are mobile as the veering air, And all your charms more changeful than the tide.”

“But, sure, the sky is big, I said; Miles and miles above my head.”

“Childhood is not from birth to a certain age and at a certain age. The child is grown, and puts away childish things. Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies.”

“God, I can push the grass apart and lay my finger on Thy heart.”

“I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice; had I abided by it I might have been saved from some of my most valuable mistakes.”

“I know I am but summer to your heart, and not the full four seasons of the year.”

“I love humanity but I hate people.”

“If I love you Wednesday, What is that to you? I do not love you Thursday – so much is true.”

“Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely.”

“It’s not true that life is one damn thing after another; it’s one damn thing over and over.”

“I’ve been a wicked girl,” said I: “But if I can’t be sorry, why, I might as well be glad!”

“Life is a quest and love a quarrel …”

“Life must go on; I forget just why.”

“Many a bard’s untimely death, Lends unto his verses breath.”

“Music, my rampart and my only one.”

“My candle burns at both ends; it will not last the night; but ah, my foes, and oh, my friends – it gives a lovely light!”

“Not truth, but faith, it is that keeps the world alive.”

“Parrots, tortoises and redwoods live a longer life than men do; Men a longer life than dogs do; Dogs a longer life than love does.”

“Pity me that the heart is slow to learn / What the swift mind beholds at every turn.”

“Please give me some good advice in your next letter. I promise not to follow it.”

“Set the foot down with distrust on the crust of the world – it is thin.”

“Soar, eat ether, see what has never been seen; depart, be lost, but climb.”

“Tea was such a comfort.”

“The heart can push the sea and land, Farther away on either hand.”

“The longest absence is less perilous to love than the terrible trials of incessant proximity.”

“The soul can split the sky in two and let the face of God shine through.”

“The world stands out on either side, No wider than the heart is wide.”

“The young are so old, they are born with their fingers crossed.”

“There is no God. But it does not matter. Man is enough.”

“There is no shelter in you anywhere.”

“They say when you are missing someone that they are probably feeling the same, but I don’t think it’s possible for you to miss me as much as I’m missing you right now.”

“What the customer demands is last year’s model, cheaper. To find out what the customer needs you have to understand what the customer is doing as well as he understands it. Then you build
what he needs and you educate him to the fact that he needs it.”

“You see, I am a poet, and not quite right in the head, darling. It’s only that.”