When I look on you a moment, then I can speak no more, but my tongue falls silent, and at once a delicate flame courses beneath my skin, and with my eyes I see nothing, and my ears hum, and a wet sweat bathes me and a trembling seizes me all over.

— Sappho

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You may forget but let me tell you this: someone in some future time will think of us

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Someone, I tell you, in another time will remember us

82

Once again love drives me on, that loosener of limbs, bittersweet creature against which nothing can be done.

80

Stand and face me, my love,and scatter the grace in your eyes.

73

Love shook my heart/ Like the wind on the mountain/ Troubling the oak-trees

70

All the while, believe me, I prayed our night would last twice as long.

69

Love is a cunning weaver of fantasies and fables.

60

Some say an army of horsemen, or infantry, A fleet of ships is the fairest thing On the face of the black earth, but I say It's what one loves.

46

With his venom irresistible and bittersweet that loosener of limbs, Love reptile-like strikes me down

39

There is no place for grief in a house which serves the Muse.

31

Love, like a mountain-wind upon an oak, falling upon me, shakes me leaf and bough.

23

Eros seizes and shakes my very soul like the wind on the mountain shaking ancient oaks.

22

About Sappho

Quotes 54 sayings
Profession Lyric poet
Birthday October 16

Death must be an evil and the gods agree; for why else would they live for ever?

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Death is an ill; 'tis thus the Gods decide: / For had death been a boon, the Gods had died.

21

The evening star Is the most beautiful of all stars

21

Now the Earth with many flowers puts on her spring embroidery

20

The moon has set, and the Pleiades; it is midnight, and time passes, and I sleep alone.

16

He who is fair to look upon is good, and he who is good will soon be fair also.

16

Eros harrows my heart: wild gales sweeping desolate mountains, uprooting oaks.

15

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.

13

Love - bittersweet, irrepressible - loosens my limbs and I tremble.

13

Without warning as a whirlwind swoops on an oak Love shakes my heart

11

Dancing up the full moon Round some fair new altar Trample the soft blossoms of fine grass.

10

In gold sandals / dawn like a thief / fell upon me.

8

If you are squeamish Don't prod the beach rubble.

7

Raise high the roof-beam, carpenters. Like Ares comes the bridegroom, taller far than a tall man.

7

The moon has set In a bank of jet That fringes the Western sky, The pleiads seven Have sunk from heaven And the midnight hurries by; My hopes are flown And, alas! alone On my weary couch I lie.

5

Beauty endures only for as long as it can be seen;

goodness, beautiful today, will remain so tomorrow.

1

What is beautiful is good, and who is good will soon be beautiful.

1

I took my lyre and said: come now, my heavenly tortoise shell: become a speaking instrument.

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The Moon and Pleiades have set, / Midnight is nigh, / The time is passing, passing, yet / Alone I lie.

0

Experience shows us Wealth unchaperoned by Virtue is never an innocuous neighbor.

0

No honey for me, if it comes with a bee.

0

May I write words more naked than flesh, stronger than bone, more resilient than sinew, sensitive than nerve.

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Whatever one loves most is beautiful.

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I will let my body flow like water over the gentle cushions.

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I know not what to do, my mind is divided

0

How love the limb-loosener sweeps me away

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Hesperus bringing together All that the morning star scattered.

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Would Jove appoint some flower to reign, in matchless beauty on the plain, the Rose (mankind will all agree). The Rose the queen of flowers should be.

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Although only breath, words which I command are immortal.

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...gracious your form and your eyes as honey : desire is poured upon your lovely face Aphrodite has honored you exceedingly...

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Stars veil their beauty soon / Beside the glorious moon, / When her full silver light / Doth make the whole earth bright.

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Death is an evil; the gods have so judged; had it been good, they would die.

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When anger spreads through the breath, guard thy tongue from barking idly.

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I do not know what to do, my mind's in two.

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What cannot be said will be wept.

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From all the offspring of the earth and heaven love is the most precious.

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Mere air, these words, but delicious to hear.

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