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Born: 1912-05-03
Profession: Poet
Nation: American
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Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.

Tags: Gardening, Nature, Patience

Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self.

Tags: Loneliness, Poverty, Self

No partner in a love relationship... should feel that he has to give up an essential part of himself to make it viable.

Tags: Give, Himself, Love

Each day, and the living of it, has to be a conscious creation in which discipline and order are relieved with some play and pure foolishness.

Tags: Discipline, Living, Order

One must think like a hero to behave like a merely decent human being.

Tags: Decent, Hero, Human

We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.

Tags: May, Self, Strange

There is only one real deprivation... and that is not to be able to give one's gifts to those one loves most.

Tags: Able, Give, Real

Help us to be ever faithful gardeners of the spirit, who know that without darkness nothing comes to birth, and without light nothing flowers.

Tags: Gardening, Help, Light

A house that does not have one warm, comfy chair in it is soulless.

Tags: Chair, House, Warm

Most people have to talk so they won't hear.

Tags: Communication, Talk, Won

Women are at last becoming persons first and wives second, and that is as it should be.

Tags: Last, Second, Women

In the country of pain we are each alone.

Tags: Alone, Country, Pain

In a total work, the failures have their not unimportant place.

Tags: Failures, Place, Work

It is the privilege of those who fear love to murder those who do not fear it!

Tags: Fear, Love, Privilege

Self-respect is nothing to hide behind. When you need it most it isn't there.

Tags: Behind, Hide

The garden is growth and change and that means loss as well as constant new treasures to make up for a few disasters.

Tags: Change, Few, Means

The minute one utters a certainty, the opposite comes to mind.

Tags: Mind, Minute, Opposite

The more articulate one is, the more dangerous words become.

Tags: Become, Dangerous, Words

True feeling justifies whatever it may cost.

Tags: Feeling, May, True

Don't forget that compared to a grownup person every baby is a genius. Think of the capacity to learn! The freshness, the temperament, the will of a baby a few months old!

Tags: Forget, Learn, Old

May we agree that private life is irrelevant? Multiple, mixed, ambiguous at best - out of it we try to fashion the crystal clear, the singular, the absolute, and that is what is relevant; that is what matters.

Tags: Best, Life, May