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Close To Your Soul

Anne Sexton

“Live or die, but don’t poison everything.”

“Watch out for intellect,
because it knows so much it knows nothing
and leaves you hanging upside down,
mouthing knowledge as your heart
falls out of your mouth.”

“Saints have no moderation, nor do poets, just exuberance.”

“God has a brown voice, as soft and full as beer.”

“I am alone here in my own mind.
There is no map
and there is no road.
It is one of a kind
just as yours is.”

“Even without wars, life is dangerous.”

“It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.”

“Only my books anoint me,
and a few friends,
those who reach into my veins.”

“The joy that isn’t shared dies young.”

“Don’t worry if they say you’re crazy. They said that about me and yet I was saner than all of them. I knew. No matter. You know. Insane or sane, you know. It’s a good thing to know – no matter what they call it.”

“You have a thousand prayers, but God has one.”

“Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.”

All quotes by Anne Sexton

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