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Sappho

  • Love is a cunning weaver of fantasies and fables.

    • Sappho
  • I know not what to do; my mind is divided.

    • Sappho,
    • 6th c. BCE, in Henry Thornton Wharton, Sappho ()
  • When anger spreads through the breast, guard thy tongue from barking idly.

    • Sappho,
    • 6th c. BCE, in Henry Thornton Wharton, Sappho ()
  • He who is fair to look upon is good, and he who is good will soon be fair also.

    • Sappho,
    • 6th c. BCE, in Henry Thornton Wharton, Sappho ()
  • Art thou the topmost apple / The gatherers could not reach, / Reddening on the bough? / Shall I not take thee?

    • Sappho,
    • 6th c. BCE, in Bliss Carman, ed., Sappho: One Hundred Lyrics ()
  • To me the Muses truly gave / An envied and a happy lot: / E'en when I lie within the grave, / I cannot, shall not, be forgot.

    • Sappho,
    • 6th c. BCE, in C.R. Haines, ed., Sappho: The Poems and Fragments ()
  • Death is an ill; 'tis thus the Gods decide: / For had death been a boon, the Gods had died.

    • Sappho,
    • 6th c. BCE, in C.R. Haines, ed., Sappho: The Poems and Fragments ()
  • The Moon and Pleiades have set, / Midnight is nigh, / The time is passing, passing, yet / Alone I lie.

    • Sappho,
    • 6th c. BCE, in C.R. Haines, ed., Sappho: The Poems and Fragments ()
  • Stars veil their beauty soon / Beside the glorious moon, / When her full silver light / Doth make the whole earth bright.

    • Sappho,
    • 6th c. BCE, in C.R. Haines, ed., Sappho: The Poems and Fragments ()
  • No honey for me, if it comes with a bee.

    • Sappho,
    • 6th c. BCE, in C.R. Haines, ed., Sappho: The Poems and Fragments ()
  • Gentle ladies, you will remember till old age what we did together in our brilliant youth!

    • Sappho,
    • 6th c. BCE, in Virginia Moore, ed., Distinguished Women Writers ()
  • Although they are / Only breath, words / which I command / are immortal.

    • Sappho,
    • 6th c. BCE, in Mary Barnard, trans., Sappho: A New Translation ()
  • You may forget but / Let me tell you / this: someone in / some future time / will think of us.

    • Sappho,
    • 6th c. BCE, in Mary Barnard, trans., Sappho: A New Translation ()
  • Love — bittersweet, irrepressible — / loosens my limbs and I tremble.

    • Sappho,
    • "To Atthis" (6th c. BCE), in Willis Barnstone, ed., Sappho ()
  • Someone, I tell you / will remember us. / We are oppressed by / fears of oblivion.

    • Sappho,
    • "Someone, I Tell You" (6th c. BCE), in Willis Barnstone, ed., Sappho ()
  • I sang for you, not for posterity. Fame for its own sake is vain, and what do I care for praise after death?

    • Sappho,
    • in George Wickes, The Amazon of Letters ()
  • In gold sandals / dawn like a thief / fell upon me.

    • Sappho,
    • 6th c. BCE, in Aliki Barnstone and Willis Barnstone, eds., A Book of Women Poets From Antiquity to Now ()

Sappho, Greek poet

(613 BCE - 580 BCE)