Quotes by: Edna St. Vincent Millay
|Edna St. Vincent Millay
Edna St. Vincent Millay,
photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1933
February 22, 1892|
||October 19, 1950
Austerlitz, New York
||Robert Frost Medal (1943) Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
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.
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!
The longest absence is less perilous to love than the terrible trials of incessant proximity.
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.
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.
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.
It's not true that life is one damn thing after another; it's one damn thing over and over.
Please give me some good advice in your next letter. I promise not to follow it.
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.
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.