Today is the birthday of Marguerite Cleenewerck de Crayencour (June 8, 1903 – December 17, 1987), novelist, essayist, and short story writer. She is best known by her pseudonym Marguerite Yourcenar and as the first woman to be elected to the Académie française.
"The unfortunate thing is that, because wishes sometimes come true, the agony of hoping is perpetuated." - Marguerite Yourcenar
"Every silence is composed of nothing but unspoken words. Perhaps that is why I became a musician. Someone had to express this silence, make it render up all the sadness it contained, make it sing as it were. Someone had to use not words, which are always too precise not to be cruel, but simply music." - Marguerite Yourcenar
"A touch of madness is, I think, almost always necessary for constructing a destiny." - Marguerite Yourcenar
"There is more than one kind of wisdom, and all are essential in the world; it is not bad that they should alternate." - Marguerite Yourcenar
"All would have transformed us if we had the courage to be what we are." - Marguerite Yourcenar
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