Edna St. Vincent Millay Quotes

Notable quotes from the writings of Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay by Washington Square Arch in Greenwich Village
Edna St. Vincent Millay by Washington Square Arch in Greenwich Village. Google Images/zackrogow.blogspot.com

Edna St. Vincent Millay was an American poet and dramatist, who received the 1923 Pulitzer Prize for poetry for The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver: A Few Figs from Thistles: Eight Sonnets in American Poetry (1922). An ardent feminist, Millay made no attempts to hide her bisexuality, and themes exploring sexuality can be found throughout her writing. Born in Rockland, Maine, Millay's unusual middle name was taken from St.

Vincent's Hospital in New York. 

Here are some memorable quotes from the various writings of Edna St. Vincent Millay.

"A person who publishes a book appears willfully in public with his pants down."
—Edna St. Vincent Millay (letters, 1927)

"April comes like an idiot, babbling and stewing flowers."
—"Spring" from Second April (1921)

"Beauty never slumbers;
All is in her name;
But the rose remembers
The dust from which it came."
—"Autumn Chant," from The Harp-Weaver and Other Poems (1923)

"Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies. Nobody that matters, that is."
Collected Poems (1931)

"God, I can push the grass apart and lay my finger on Thy heart."
Renascence (1912)

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

— "Sonnet XXVII" from The Fatal Interview (1931)

"I will be the gladdest thing under the sun! I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one."
—Afternoon on a Hill, 1917

"It's not true that life is one damn thing after another; it is one damn thing over and over."
— Edna St. Vincent Millay (c. 1930)

"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."
— "First Fig" from A Few Figs from Thistles (1920)

"Not truth, but faith, it is that keeps the world alive."
— "Interim" (1917)

Sorrow like a ceaseless rain
Beats upon my heart

—"Sorrow," (1917)

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

—"Renascence" (1912)

So wanton, light and false, my love, are you,

I am most faithless when I most am true.

—"Oh, Think not I am faithful to a vow!", from A Few Figs from Thistles (1922)

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