Literary Birthday - 8 June - Marguerite Yourcenar

Happy Birthday, Marguerite Yourcenar, born 8 June 1903, died 17 December 1987

Nine Quotes

  1. A young musician plays scales in his room and only bores his family. A beginning writer, on the other hand, sometimes has the misfortune of getting into print.
  2. Of course one never knows how close fictional characters are to real people. At the beginning of my memoirs I say, “L’être que j’appelle moi”—the person I call myself—which means that I don’t know who I am. Does one ever?
  3. The true birthplace is that wherein for the first time one looks intelligently upon oneself; my first homelands have been books, and to a lesser degree schools.
  4. I have never seasoned a truth with the sauce of a lie in order to digest it more easily.
  5. A touch of madness is, I think, almost always necessary for constructing a destiny.
  6. The written word has taught me to listen to the human voice, much as the great unchanging statues have taught me to appreciate bodily motions.
  7. I do not know what being lionized means, and I dislike all literary worlds, because they represent false values. 
  8. … books are also a way of learning to feel more acutely. Writing is a way of going to the depth of Being.
  9. I write everywhere. I could write here, as I am talking to you. When in Maine or elsewhere, when I am traveling, I write wherever I am or whenever I can. Writing doesn’t require too much energy—it is a relaxation, and a joy.

Yourcenar was a Belgian-born French novelist and essayist. She was the first woman elected to the Académie française, in 1980.

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