Marguerite Yourcenar Quotes

Every invalid is a prisoner.

When two texts, or two assertions, perhaps two ideas, are in contradiction, be ready to reconcile them rather than cancel one by the other; regard them as two different facets, or two successive stages, of the same reality, a reality convincingly human just because it is complex.

Whenever we strike a child, or speak harshly to it for no reason, or do anything to sap it of its enthusiasm for life, we betray our fundamental mission as human beings, which is to leave the universe better organized than we found it.

This morning it occurred to me for the first time that my body, my faithful companion and friend, truly better known to me than my own soul, may be after all only a sly beast who will end by devouring his master.