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Marguerite Yourcenar Love Sayings By Marguerite Yourcenar: But this practice [vegetarianism], in which youthful love of austerity finds charm, calls for attentions But this practice [vegetarianism], in which youthful love of austerity finds charm, calls for attentions more complicated than those of culinary refinement itself; and it separates us too much from the common run of men in a function which is nearly always public, and in which either friendship or formality presides. — Marguerite Yourcenar
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Marguerite Yourcenar Love Sayings By Marguerite Yourcenar: I am not sure that the discovery of love is necessarily more exquisite than the I am not sure that the discovery of love is necessarily more exquisite than the discovery of poetry. — Marguerite Yourcenar
Marguerite Yourcenar Love Sayings By Marguerite Yourcenar: Of all our games, love's play is the only one which threatens to unsettle the Of all our games, love's play is the only one which threatens to unsettle the soul ... — Marguerite Yourcenar
Marguerite Yourcenar Love Sayings By Marguerite Yourcenar: If you love life you also love the past, because it is the present as If you love life you also love the past, because it is the present as it has survived in memory. Translation by David Downie — Marguerite Yourcenar
Marguerite Yourcenar Love Sayings By Marguerite Yourcenar: I lent only half an ear to those well-intentioned folk who say that happiness is I lent only half an ear to those well-intentioned folk who say that happiness is enervating, liberty too relaxing, and that kindness is a corruption for those upon whom it is practiced. That may be; but in the world as it is, such reasoning amounts to a refusal to nourish a starving man decently, for fear that in a few years he may suffer from overfeeding. When useless servitude has been alleviated as far as possible, and unnecessary misfortune avoided, there will remain as a test of man's fortitude that long series of veritable ills, death, old age, and incurable sickness, love unrequited and friendship rejected or betrayed, the mediocrity of a life less vast than our projects and duller than our dreams; in short, all the woes caused by the divine nature of things. — Marguerite Yourcenar
Marguerite Yourcenar Love Sayings By Marguerite Yourcenar: Closed inside my compartment as if in a cubicle of some Egyptian tomb, I worked Closed inside my compartment as if in a cubicle of some Egyptian tomb, I worked late into the night between New York and Chicago; then all the next day, in the restaurant of a Chicago station where I awaited a train blocked by storms and snow; then again until dawn, alone in the observation car of a Santa Fe limited, surrounded by black spurs of the Colorado mountains, and by the eternal pattern of the stars. Thus were written at a single impulsion the passages on food, love, sleep, and the knowledge of men. I can hardly recall a day spent with more ardor, or more lucid nights. — Marguerite Yourcenar
Marguerite Yourcenar Love Sayings By Marguerite Yourcenar: I believe that friendship, like love, of which it is a particular kind, requires nearly I believe that friendship, like love, of which it is a particular kind, requires nearly as much art as a successful choreography. — Marguerite Yourcenar
Marguerite Yourcenar Love Sayings By Marguerite Yourcenar: I did not love less; indeed I loved more. But the weight of love, like I did not love less; indeed I loved more. But the weight of love, like that of an arm thrown tenderly across a chest, becomes little by little too heavy to bear. — Marguerite Yourcenar
Marguerite Yourcenar Love Sayings By Marguerite Yourcenar: That mysterious play which extends from love of a body to a love of an That mysterious play which extends from love of a body to a love of an entire person has seemed to me noble enough to consecrate to it one part of my life. — Marguerite Yourcenar
Marguerite Yourcenar Love Sayings By Marguerite Yourcenar: The more I think of it, the more our ideas, our idols and our so-called The more I think of it, the more our ideas, our idols and our so-called holy practices, and those of our visions which supposedly are ineffable, all seem to me to be engendered merely by the stirrings of the human machine, exactly as is the wind from our nostrils or from our netherparts, and as is our sweat and salty water from tears, or the white blood passed in love, or the muddy excrement of the body. It enraged me to think that man should so waste his own substance in construction of theories that were almost always pernicious, and should speak of chastity before having examined the whole machinery of sex; that he should debate the question of free will instead of pondering the thousand obscure reasons which, for example, cause you to blink if I suddenly point a stick at your eyes; or that he should talk of Hell before having looked more closely into the question of death. — Marguerite Yourcenar
Marguerite Yourcenar Love Sayings By Marguerite Yourcenar: The short and obscene sentence of Poseidonius about the rubbing together of two small pieces The short and obscene sentence of Poseidonius about the rubbing together of two small pieces of flesh, which I have seen you copy in your exercise books with the application of a good schoolboy, does no more to define the phenomenon of love than the cord touched by the finger accounts for the infinite miracle of sounds. Such a dictum is less an insult to pleasure than to the flesh itself, that amazing instrument of muscles, blood, and skin, that red-tinged cloud whose lightning is the soul. — Marguerite Yourcenar
Marguerite Yourcenar Love Sayings By Marguerite Yourcenar: Love is a punishment. We are punished for not having been strong enough to remain Love is a punishment. We are punished for not having been strong enough to remain alone. — Marguerite Yourcenar
Marguerite Yourcenar Love Sayings By Marguerite Yourcenar: Meditation upon death does not teach one how to die; it does not make the Meditation upon death does not teach one how to die; it does not make the departure more easy, but ease is not what I seek. Beloved boy, so willful and brooding, your sacrifice will have enriched not my life but my death.
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Centuries as yet unborn within the dark womb of time would pass by thousands over that tomb without restoring life to him, but likewise without adding to his death, and without changing the fact that he had been. — Marguerite Yourcenar
Marguerite Yourcenar Love Sayings By Marguerite Yourcenar: At that period I paid as constant attention to the greater securing of my happiness, At that period I paid as constant attention to the greater securing of my happiness, to enjoying and judging it, too, as I had always done for the smallest details of my acts; and what is the act of love, itself, if not a moment of passionate attention on the part of the body? Every bliss achieved is a masterpiece; the slightest error turns it awry, and it alters with one touch of doubt; any heaviness detracts from its charm, the least stupidity renders it dull. My own felicity is in no way responsible for those of my imprudences which shattered it later on; in so far as I have acted in harmony with it I have been wise. I think still that someone wiser than I might well have remained happy till his death. — Marguerite Yourcenar
Marguerite Yourcenar Love Sayings By Marguerite Yourcenar: Friendship affords total certitude above all and that is what distinguishes it from love. It Friendship affords total certitude above all and that is what distinguishes it from love. It means respect as well and total acceptance of another being. — Marguerite Yourcenar
Marguerite Yourcenar Love Sayings By Marguerite Yourcenar: The technique of a great seducer requires a facility and an indifference in passing from The technique of a great seducer requires a facility and an indifference in passing from one object of affection to another which I could never have; however that may be, my loves have left me more often than I have left them, for I have never been able to understand how one could have enough of any beloved. The desire to count up exactly the riches which each new love brings us, and to see it change, and perhaps watch it grow old, accords ill with multiplicity of conquests. — Marguerite Yourcenar