Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Edna St. Vincent Millay

American Lyrical Poet and Playwright

"Pity me that the heart is slow to learn what the swift mind beholds at every turn."

"He that would eat of love must eat it where it hangs."

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

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

"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."

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

"Life is a quest and love a quarrel."

"The longest absence is less perilous to love than the terrible trials of incessant proximity. "

"Not truth, but faith, it is that keeps the world alive."

"Beauty is whatever gives joy. "

"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. "