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Edna St. Vincent Millay Quotes

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.

Beauty is whatever gives joy.

Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies. Nobody that matters, that is.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

We are all ruled in what we do by impulses; and these impulses are so organized that our actions in general serve for our self preservation and that of the race.

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.

Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell.