52 Sappho Quotes On Success In Life

Sappho was an Archaic Greek poet from the island of Lesbos. Sappho is known for her lyric poetry, written to be sung while accompanied by a lyre. In ancient times, Sappho was widely regarded as one of the greatest lyric poets and was given names such as the “Tenth Muse” and “The Poetess”. Most of Sappho’s poetry is now lost, and what is extant has mostly survived in fragmentary form; two notable exceptions are the “Ode to Aphrodite” and the Tithonus poem. These Sappho quotes will motivate you.

Best Sappho Quotes

  1. “May I write words more naked than flesh, stronger than bone, more resilient than sinew, sensitive than nerve.” ~ Sappho
  2. “You may forget but
    let me tell you
    this: someone in
    some future time
    will think of us” ~ Sappho
  3. “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
  4. “Beauty endures only for as long as it can be seen; goodness, beautiful today, will remain so tomorrow.” ~ Sappho
  5. “What cannot be said will be wept.” ~ Sappho

  6. “Whatever one loves most is beautiful.” ~ Sappho
  7. “Someone, I tell you, in another time will remember us” ~ Sappho
  8. “Stars veil their beauty soon / Beside the glorious moon, / When her full silver light / Doth make the whole earth bright.” ~ Sappho
  9. “Love is a cunning weaver of fantasies and fables.” ~ Sappho
  10. “Although only breath, words which I command are immortal.” ~ Sappho
  11. “Once again love drives me on, that loosener of limbs, bittersweet creature against which nothing can be done.” ~ Sappho
  12. “No honey for me, if it comes with a bee.” ~ Sappho

  13. “Stand and face me, my love, and scatter the grace in your eyes.” ~ Sappho
  14. “All the while, believe me, I prayed our night would last twice as long.” ~ Sappho
  15. “Love shook my heart/ Like the wind on the mountain/ Troubling the oak-trees” ~ Sappho
  16. “From all the offspring of the earth and heaven love is the most precious.” ~ Sappho
  17. “Now the Earth with many flowers puts on her spring embroidery” ~ Sappho
  18. “Love – bittersweet, irrepressible – loosens my limbs and I tremble.” ~ Sappho, Sappho quotes on love
  19. “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.” ~ Sappho
  20. “There is no place for grief in a house which serves the Muse.” ~ Sappho

  21. “The moon has set, and the Pleiades; it is midnight, and time passes, and I sleep alone.” ~ Sappho
  22. “Experience shows us Wealth unchaperoned by Virtue is never an innocuous neighbor.” ~ Sappho
  23. “I will let my body flow like water over the gentle cushions.” ~ Sappho
  24. “When anger spreads through the breath, guard thy tongue from barking idly.” ~ Sappho, Sappho quotes on anger
  25. “Mere air, these words, but delicious to hear.” ~ Sappho
  26. “In gold sandals/dawn like a thief / fell upon me.” ~ Sappho

  27. “I do not know what to do, my mind’s in two.” ~ Sappho
  28. “He who is fair to look upon is good, and he who is good will soon be fair also.” ~ Sappho
  29. “I know not what to do, my mind is divided” ~ Sappho
  30. “The evening star Is the most beautiful of all-stars” ~ Sappho
  31. “Death is an evil; the gods have so judged; had it been good, they would die.” ~ Sappho
  32. “Love, like a mountain-wind upon an oak, falling upon me, shakes me leaf and bough.” ~ Sappho
  33. “I would not think to touch the sky with two arms” ~ Sappho

  34. “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.” ~ Sappho
  35. “Without warning as a whirlwind swoops on an oak Love shakes my heart” ~ Sappho
  36. “With his venom irresistible and bittersweet that loosener of limbs, Love reptile-like strikes me down” ~ Sappho
  37. “Eros harrows my heart: wild gales sweeping desolate mountains, uprooting oaks.” ~ Sappho
  38. “Dancing up the full moon
    Round some fair new altar
    Trample the soft blossoms of fine grass.” ~ Sappho
  39. “I took my lyre and said: come now, my heavenly tortoise shell: become a speaking instrument.” ~ Sappho
  40. “How love the limb-loosener sweeps me away” ~ Sappho

  41. “Death is an ill; ’tis thus the Gods decide: / For had death been a boon, the Gods had died.” ~ Sappho
  42. “Hesperus bringing together All that the morning star scattered.” ~ Sappho
  43. “If you are squeamish
    Don’t prod the beach rubble.” ~ Sappho
  44. “Death must be an evil and the gods agree; for why else would they live forever?” ~ Sappho
  45. “Eros seizes and shakes my very soul like the wind on the mountain shaking ancient oaks.” ~ Sappho

  46. “For some the fairest thing on the dark earth is Thermopylae,
    And the Spartan phalanx lowering lances to die.” ~ Sappho
  47. “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.” ~ Sappho
  48. “Builders, raise the ceiling high, Raise the dome into the sky, Hear the wedding song! For the happy groom is near, Tall as Mars, and statelier, Hear the wedding song!” ~ Sappho
  49. “Raise high the roof-beam, carpenters. Like Ares comes the bridegroom, taller far than a tall man.” ~ Sappho
  50. “The Moon and Pleiades have set, / Midnight is nigh, / The time is passing, passing, yet / Alone I lie.” ~ Sappho
  51. “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.” ~ Sappho
  52. “The moon is set and the Pleiades; Middle of the night, time passes by, I lie alone.” ~ Sappho

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