You shall create beauty not to excite the senses but to give sustenance to the soul.

— Gabriela Mistral

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Love beauty it is the shadow of God on the universe


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.


Let the earth look at me, and bless me, for now I am fecund and sacred, like the palms and the furrows.


Now my belly is as noble as my heart.


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!


Let the radiance of my enthusiasms envelop the poor courtyard and the bare classroom. Let my heart be a stronger column and my goodwill purer gold than the columns and gold of rich schools.


I have a faithful joy and a joy that is lost.

One is like a rose, the other, a thorn. The one that was stolen I have not lost.


My grief and my smile begin in your face, my son.


At this moment, by an undeserved stroke of fortune, I am the direct voice of the poets of my race and the indirect voice for the noble Spanish and Portuguese tongues.


Many things we need can wait. The child cannot. Now is the time his bones are formed, his mind developed. To him we cannot say tomorrow, his name is today.


The poet is an untier of knots, and love without words is a knot, and it drowns.


What the soul is to the body, so is the artist to his people.


About Gabriela Mistral

Quotes 23 sayings
Nationality Chilean
Profession Poet
Birthday October 16

We are guilty of many errors and many faults, But our worst crime is abandoning the children, Neglecting the fountain of life. Many of the things we need can wait. The child cannot. Right now is the time his bones are being formed, His blood is being made, And his senses are being developed. To him we cannot answer 'Tomorrow.' His name is 'Today.'


Love that stammers, that stutters, is apt to be the love that loves best.


I have all that I lost and I go carrying my childhood like a favorite flower that perfumes my hand.


In the secret of night, my prayer climbs like the liana, My prayer is, and I am not. It grows, and I perish. I have only my hard breath, my reason and my madness. I cling to the vine of my prayer. I tend it at the root of the stalk of night.


I write poetry because I can’t disobey the impulse;

it would be like blocking a spring that surges up in my throat. For a long time I’ve been the servant of the song that comes, that appears and can’t be buried away. How to seal myself up now?…It no longer matters to me who receives what I submit. What I carry out is, in that respect, greater and deeper than I, I am merely the channel.


There is the joy of being healthy and fair, but there is overall the beauty, the immense joy of being useful.


Now I am nothing but a veil; all my body is a veil beneath which a child sleeps.


For me, religiosity is ... the constant remembrance of the presence of the soul.


Speech is our second possession, after the soul-and perhaps we have no other possession in this world.


Many things can wait. Children cannot. Today their bones are being formed, their blood is being made, their senses are being developed. To them we cannot say "tomorrow." Their name is today.