Marianne Moore Quotes

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Beauty is everlasting And dust is for a time. -Marianne Moore
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I see no reason for calling my work poetry except that there is no other category in which to put it. -Marianne Moore
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Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads. -Marianne Moore
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Poetry is all nouns and verbs. -Marianne Moore
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As contagion of sickness makes sickness, contagion of trust can make trust. -Marianne Moore
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Impatience is the mark of independence, not of bondage -Marianne Moore
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The passion for setting people right is in itself an inflictive disease. -Marianne Moore
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The Irish say your trouble is their trouble and your joy their joy? I wish I could believe it; I am troubled, I'm dissatisfied, I'm Irish -Marianne Moore
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You're not free until you've been made captive by supreme belief -Marianne Moore
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There never was a war that was not inward; I must fight till I have conquered in myself what causes war. -Marianne Moore
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Psychology which explains everything explains nothing, and we are still in doubt -Marianne Moore
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O to be a dragon, a symbol of the power of Heaven-of silk-worm size or immense; at times invisible. Felicitous phenomenon! -Marianne Moore
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Yule-Yul log for the Christmas-fire tale-spinner-of fairy tales that can come true: Yul Brynner. -Marianne Moore
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I am hard to disgust, but a pretentious poet can do it -Marianne Moore
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The deepest feeling always shows itself in silence. -Marianne Moore
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Poetry... a place for the genuine, Hands that can grasp, eyes that can dilate, hair that can rise -Marianne Moore
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You are not male or female, but a plan deep-set within the heart of man. -Marianne Moore
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They fought the enemy, we fight fat living and self-pity. Shine, o shine, unfalsifying sun, on this sick scene. -Marianne Moore
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Any writer overwhelmingly honest about pleasing himself is almost sure to please others. -Marianne Moore
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Among animals, one has a sense of humor. Humor saves a few steps, it saves years. -Marianne Moore
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One must be as clear as one's natural reticence allows one to be. -Marianne Moore
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If you will tell me why the fen appears impassable, I then will tell you why I think that I can cross it if I try. -Marianne Moore
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... we do not admire what we cannot understand. -Marianne Moore
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We Call Them the Brave who likely were reluctant to be brave. -Marianne Moore
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Which of us has not been stunned by the beauty of an animal's skin or its flexibility in motion? -Marianne Moore
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At all events there is in Brooklynsomething that makes me feel at home. -Marianne Moore
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I, too, dislike it. Reading it, however, with a perfect contempt for it, one discovers in it, after all, a place for the genuine. -Marianne Moore
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Poetry...... a place for the genuine,Hands that can grasp, eyesthat can dilate, hair that can rise -Marianne Moore
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Omissions are not accidents. -Marianne Moore
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Concurring hands divideflax for damaskthat when bleached by Irish weatherhas the silvered chamois-leatherwater-tightness of askin. -Marianne Moore
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There never was a war that was not inward. -Marianne Moore
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Honesty - however dangerous - should be as valuable as radium it seems to me ... -Marianne Moore
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In a poem the words should be as pleasing to the ear as the meaning is to the mind. -Marianne Moore
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A symbol from the first, of mastery, experiments such as Hippocrates made and substituted for vague speculation stayed the ravages of plague. -Marianne Moore
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