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Gabrielle Mistral

  • He kissed me and now I am somebody else.

    • Gabrielle Mistral,
    • "He Kissed Me," Desolación ()
  • My grief and my smile begin in your face, my son.

    • Gabrielle Mistral,
    • "Eternal Grief," Desolación ()
  • Love beauty; it is the shadow of God on the universe.

    • Gabrielle Mistral,
    • "Decalogue of the Artist," Desolación ()
  • Let the earth look at me, and bless me, for now I am fecund and sacred, like the palms and the furrows.

    • Gabrielle Mistral,
    • "The Sacred Law," Desolación ()
  • All night I have suffered; all night my flesh has trembled to bring forth its gift. The sweat of death is on my forehead; but it is not death, it is life!

    • Gabrielle Mistral,
    • "Dawn," Desolación ()
  • The crimson rose / plucked yesterday, / the fire and cinnamon / of the carnation, // the bread I baked / with anise seed and honey, / and the goldfish / flaming in its bowl. // All these are yours, baby born of woman, / if you'll only go to sleep.

    • Gabrielle Mistral,
    • "If Only You'll Go to Sleep," Tenderness ()
  • I have a true happiness / and a happiness betrayed, / the one like a rose, / the other like a thorn.

    • Gabrielle Mistral,
    • "Richness," Tala ()
  • I have all that I lost / and I go carrying my childhood / like a favorite flower / that perfumes my hand.

    • Gabrielle Mistral,
    • "We Were All to Be Queens," Tala ()
  • Now I am nothing but a veil; all my body is a veil beneath which a child sleeps.

    • Gabrielle Mistral,
    • "To My Husband," in Langston Hughes, trans., Selected Poems of Gabriela Mistral ()
  • I love the things I never had / along with those I have no more.

    • Gabrielle Mistral,
    • "Things," in Langston Hughes, trans., Selected Poems of Gabriela Mistral ()
  • Because of the sleeping child I carry, / my step has become reserved, / and religious is all my heart / since I carry the mystery.

    • Gabrielle Mistral,
    • "Poems for Mothers," Poesías Completas ()
  • For me, religiosity is ... the constant remembrance of the presence of the soul.

    • Gabrielle Mistral,
    • in Sister Rose Aquin Caimano, Mysticism in Gabriela Mistral ()
  • [The poet is] an undoer of knots, and love without words is a knot that strangles.

    • Gabrielle Mistral,
    • in Doris Dana, ed., Selected Poems of Gabriela Mistral ()
  • Love that stammers, that stutters, is apt to be the love that loves best.

    • Gabrielle Mistral,
    • in Doris Dana, ed., Selected Poems of Gabriela Mistral ()
  • Speech is our second possession, after the soul — and perhaps we have no other possession in this world.

    • Gabrielle Mistral,
    • in Doris Dana, ed., Selected Poems of Gabriela Mistral ()
  • Writing tends to cheer me; it always soothes my spirit and blesses me with the gift of an innocent, tender, childlike day. It is the sensation of having spent a few hours in my homeland, with my customs, free whims, my total freedom.

    • Gabrielle Mistral,
    • in Deborah G. Felder, The 100 Most Influential Women of All Time ()
  • Many things we need can wait. The child cannot. Now is the time his bones are being formed; his blood is being made; his mind is being developed. To him we cannot say tomorrow. His name is today.

    • Gabrielle Mistral

Gabrielle Mistral, Chilean poet, mystic, Nobel Prize winner

(1889 - 1957)

Real name: Lucila Godoy y Alcayaga.