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Literary Birthday – 8 August – Sara Teasdale

Sara Teasdale was born 8 August 1884, and died 29 January 1933.


  1. It is my heart that makes my songs, not I.
  2. You will recognise your own path when you come upon it because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.
  3. I make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes.
  4. No one worth possessing can be quite possessed.
  5. Though I know he loves me, tonight my heart is sad; his kiss was not so wonderful as all the dreams I had.
  6. It is strange how often a heart must be broken before the years can make it wise.
  7. Call him wise whose actions, words, and steps are all a clear because to a clear why.
  8. Beauty, more than bitterness, makes the heart break.
  9. When I can look life in the eyes, grown calm and very coldly wise, life will have given me the truth, and taken in exchange – my youth.
  10. I have no riches but my thoughts. Yet these are wealth enough for me.

Sara Teasdale was an American lyrical poet. Her poetry encapsulated a woman’s changing perspectives on beauty, love, and death. She is the author of Love Songs, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.


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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 8th August 2013

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