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Anne Sexton Quote: “Meanwhile in my head, I’m undergoing open-heart surgery.”
Anne Sexton Quote: “I want to kiss God on His nose and watch Him sneeze and so do you. Not out of disrespect. Out of pique. Out of a man-to-man thing.”
Anne Sexton Quote: “Once I was beautiful. Now I am myself, Counting this row and that row of moccasins Waiting on the silent shelf.”
Anne Sexton Quote: “Then God spoke to me and said: People say only good things about Christmas. If they want to say something bad, they whisper.”
Anne Sexton Quote: “I raise my pelvis to God so that it may know the truth of how flowers smash through the long winter.”
Anne Sexton Quote: “I try to take care and be gentle to them. Words and eggs must be handled with care. Once broken they are impossible things to repair.”
Anne Sexton Quote: “All day I’ve built a lifetime and now the sun sinks to undo it.”
Anne Sexton Quote: “Every time I get happy the Nana-hex comes through. Birds turn into plumber’s tools, a sonnet turns into a dirty joke, a wind turns into a tracheotomy, a boat turns into a corpse...”
Anne Sexton Quote: “O starry night, This is how I want to die.”
Anne Sexton Quote: “Cinderella and the prince lived, they say, happily ever after, like two dolls in a museum case never bothered by diapers or dust, never arguing over the timing of an egg, never telling the same story twice...”
Anne Sexton Quote: “And what of the dead? They lie without shoes in the stone boats. They are more like stone than the sea would be if it stopped. They refuse to be blessed, throat, eye and knucklebone.”
Anne Sexton Quote: “Then all this became history. Your hand found mine. Life rushed to my fingers like a blood clot. Oh, my carpenter, the fingers are rebuilt. They dance with yours.”
Anne Sexton Quote: “Take the brown eyes of my father, those gun shots, those mean muds. Bury them. Take the blue eyes of my mother, naked as the sea...”
Anne Sexton Quote: “Blind with love, my daughter has cried nightly for horses, those long-necked marchers and churners that she has mastered, any and all, reigning them in like a circus hand...”
Anne Sexton Quote: “We are America. We are the coffin fillers. We are the grocers of death. We pack them in crates like cauliflowers.”
Anne Sexton Quote: “But even in a telephone booth evil can seep out of the receiver and we must cover it with a mattress, and then tear it from its roots and bury it, bury it.”
Anne Sexton Quote: “Saints have no moderation, nor do poets, just exuberance.”
Anne Sexton Quote: “I am out of practice at living. You are as brave as a motorcycle.”
Anne Sexton Quote: “Please God, we’re all right here. Please leave us alone. Don’t send death in his fat red suit and his ho-ho baritone.”
Anne Sexton Quote: “Blue eyes wash off sometimes.”
Anne Sexton Quote: “I burn the way money burns.”
Anne Sexton Quote: “I’m in pain because the day is ending and somehow I am never healing.”
Anne Sexton Quote: “Moon girls, where did you go?”
Anne Sexton Quote: “The sea is mother-death and she is a mighty female, the one who wins, the one who sucks us all up.”
Anne Sexton Quote: “I’m hunting for the truth. It might be a kind of poetic truth, and not just a factual one, because behind everything that happens to you, there is another truth, a secret life.”
Anne Sexton Quote: “Daylight is nobody’s friend. God comes in like a landlord and flashes on his brassy lamp.”
Anne Sexton Quote: “I who was a house full of bowel movement, I who was a defaced altar, I who wanted to crawl toward God could not move nor eat bread.”
Anne Sexton Quote: “With this pen I take in hand my selves and with these dead disciples I will grapple. Though rain curses the window let the poem be made.”
Anne Sexton Quote: “Big heart, wide as a watermelon, but wise as birth, there is so much abundance in the people I have...”
Anne Sexton Quote: “Inside many of us is a small old man who wants to get out.”
Anne Sexton Quote: “One of my secret instructions to myself as a poet is “Whatever you do, don’t be boring.””
Anne Sexton Quote: “My husband sings Baa Baa black sheep and we pretend that all’s certain and good, that the marriage won’t end.”
Anne Sexton Quote: “The Saints come, as human as a mouth, with a bag of God in their backs, like a hunchback, they come, they come marching in.”
Anne Sexton Quote: “Thief!- how did you crawl into, crawl down alone into the death I wanted so badly and for so long...”
Anne Sexton Quote: “Oh sharp diamond, my mother! I could not count the cost of all your faces, your moods that present that I lost. Sweet girl, my deathbed, my jewel-fingered lady...”
Anne Sexton Quote: “Suicide is, after all, the opposite of the poem.”
Anne Sexton Quote: “After a disaster strikes, it can be very devastating and very challenging. You’re going to need a lot of strength and energy, and the American Red Cross suggests you go for the high protein items.”
Anne Sexton Quote: “The joy that isn’t shared dies young.”
Anne Sexton Quote: “When the cow gives blood and the Christ is born we must all eat sacrifices. We must all eat beautiful women.”
Anne Sexton Quote: “Suicides have a special language. Like carpenters they want to know which tools. They never ask why build.”
Anne Sexton Quote: “We talked death with burned-up intensity, both of us drawn to it like moths to an electric light bulb. Sucking on it!”
Anne Sexton Quote: “Evil is maybe lying to God. Or better, lying to love.”
Anne Sexton Quote: “Being kissed on the back of the knee is a moth at the windowscreen...”
Anne Sexton Quote: “Love your self’s self where it lives.”
Anne Sexton Quote: “To die whole, riddled with nothing but desire for it, is like breakfast after love.”
Anne Sexton Quote: “I am younger each year at the first snow. When I see it, suddenly, in the air, all little and white and moving; then I am in love again and very young and I believe everything.”
Anne Sexton Quote: “What’s missing is the eyeballs in each of us, but it doesn’t matter because you’ve got the bucks, the bucks, the bucks.”
Anne Sexton Quote: “Rocks crumble, make new forms, oceans move the continents, mountains rise up and down like ghosts yet all is natural, all is change.”
Anne Sexton Quote: “The grass as bristly and stout as chives and me wondering when the ground will break and me wondering how anything fragile survives.”
Anne Sexton Quote: “And if I tried to give you something else, something outside myself, you would not know that the worst of anyone can be, finally, an accident of hope.”
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