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Edna St. Vincent Millay Quotes

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 - 1950)


Edna St. Vincent Millay, a poet of the first half of the 20th century, wrote of personal freedom including sexual freedom, nature, an uncomventional religious mysticism, and death.

Selected Edna St. Vincent Millay Quotations

• Let us forget such words, and all they mean,
as Hatred, Bitterness and Rancor,
Greed, Intolerance, Bigotry.
Let us renew our faith and pledge to Man
his right to be Himself,
and free.

• Not Truth, but Faith it is that keeps the world alive.

• I shall die, but that is all that I shall do for Death; I am not on his pay-roll.

• I will not tell him the whereabouts of my friends
nor of my enemies either.
Though he promise me much I will not map him
the route to any man's door.
Am I a spy in the land of the living
That I should deliver men to death?
Brother, the password and the plans of our city
are safe with me.
Never through me shall you be overcome.
I shall die, but that is all I shall do for death

• Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely.

• The soul can split the sky in two,
And let the face of God shine through.

• God, I can push the grass apart
And lay my finger on thy heart!

• Don't stand so near me!
I am become a socialist. I love
Humanity; but I hate people.
(character Pierrot in Aria da Capo, 1919)

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

• My candle burns at both ends...

• It is not true that life is one damn thing after another. It’s one damn thing over and over.

• [John Ciardi about Edna St. Vincent Millay] It was not as a craftsman nor as an influence, but as the creator of her own legend that she was most alive for us. Her success was as a figure of passionate living.

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Quote collection assembled by Jone Johnson Lewis. Each quotation page in this collection and the entire collection © Jone Johnson Lewis 1997-2009. This is an informal collection assembled over many years. I regret that I am not be able to provide the original source if it is not listed with the quote.

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