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Evelyn Scott

  • Sleep is a thin white hand laid along me in the darkness.

  • Because I alone of all the world can understand and pity myself, I am God. I alone of all the world can offer equality to myself.

  • ... mountains are the altars of the gods.

  • It is only when the distinction is one of power or superiority that it is agreeable to find yourself different from the group.

  • True love is abnegation of self and in the relation of the sexes it is inappropriate. The sacrifices made to a very young child impose upon it none of the burden of obligation which an adult must feel in similar circumstances.

  • There is nothing so impenetrably stupid as the illusion of the strong who believe in their strength.

  • The sun beating in on me gives my mind a dry feeling. I feel like dust.

  • I realized a long time ago that a belief which does not spring from a conviction in the emotions is no belief at all.

  • To have one's individuality completely ignored is like being pushed quite out of life. Like being blown out as one blows out a light.

  • I could not recall how much time had passed for somehow or other pain is timeless, absolute. It has removed itself from space. It always has been and always will be for it exists independent of relations. I feel it as myself, and when it ceases I will cease.

  • Poor people may challenge God. They may challenge the Devil. But when they cry out, Death is the only one of Three that will listen to them.

  • The love of those among whom one has been reared is usually not love at all. One can die inwardly without any of them being aware of it.

  • Her body seems to me to have suffered, to be marked with life, but nothing it knows is ever admitted to her mind.

Evelyn Scott, U.S. writer, poet, traveler

(1893 - 1963)

Full name: Evelyn D. Metcalf Scott. She also wrote under the names Ernest Souza and Elsie Dunn.