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marianne moore Quotes

It is quite cruel that a poet cannot wander through his regions of enchantment without having a critic, forever, like the old man of the sea, upon his back.
tags: men forever poet
— Marianne Moore
My father used to say superior people never make long visits.
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— Marianne Moore
Psychology which explains everything explains nothing, and we are still in doubt.
tags: doubt psychology
— Marianne Moore
Which of us has not been stunned by the beauty of an animal's skin or its flexibility in motion?
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— Marianne Moore
Poetry...... a place for the genuine,Hands that can grasp, eyesthat can dilate, hair that can rise
tags: poetry
— Marianne Moore
I, too, dislike it. Reading it, however, with a perfect contempt for it, one discovers in it, after all, a place for the genuine.
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— Marianne Moore
There never was a war that was not inward; I must fight till I have conquered in myself what causes war.
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— Marianne Moore
I see no reason for calling my work poetry except that there is no other category in which to put it.
tags: work poetry
— Marianne Moore
War is pillage versus resistance and if illusions of magnitude could be transmuted into ideals of magnanimity, peace might be realized.
tags: peace illusion war
— Marianne Moore
I believe verbal felicity is the fruit of ardor, of diligence, and of refusing to be false.
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— Marianne Moore
Unconfusion submitsits confusion to proof; it'snot a Herod's oath that cannot change.
tags: confusion
— Marianne Moore
Everything I have written is the result of reading or of interest in people.
tags: people reading
— Marianne Moore
The power of the visible is the invisible.
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— Marianne Moore
The deepest feeling always shows itself in silence.
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— Marianne Moore
I'm troubled. I'm dissatisfied. I'm Irish.
— Marianne Moore
When we think we don't like art it is because it is artificial art.
— Marianne Moore
The heart that gives, gathers.
tags: heart
— Marianne Moore
One writes because one has a burning desire to objectify what it is indispensable to one's happiness to express ...
tags: desires happiness write
— Marianne Moore
A writer is unfair to himself when he is unable to be hard on himself.
— Marianne Moore
Life is energy, and energy is creativity. And even when individuals pass on, the energy is retained in the work of art, locked in it and awaiting release if only someone will take the time and the care to unlock it.
tags: time work energy care creativity
— Marianne Moore
The passion for setting people right is in itself an afflictive disease.
tags: people right passion
— Marianne Moore
Conscious writing can be the death of poetry.
tags: death conscious writing poetry
— Marianne Moore
Omissions are not accidents.
— Marianne Moore
Your thorns are the best part of you.
— Marianne Moore
Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads.
tags: real poetry garden
— Marianne Moore
Originality is... a by-product of sincerity.
— Marianne Moore
Any writer overwhelmingly honest about pleasing himself is almost sure to please others.
— Marianne Moore
Below the incandescent stars / below the incandescent fruit, / the strange experience of beauty; / its existence is too much; / it tears one to pieces / and each fresh wave of consciousness / is poison.
tags: experience existence star tears
— Marianne Moore
It is in general true that in order to create works of art one has to have leisure. On the other hand I think that one needs to experience resistance in a practical sense, and even that which is poignant to bring out what makes easy reading for others. Too much deprivation of course, means death.
tags: death work experience true reading leisure
— Marianne Moore
When one is frank, one's very presence is a compliment.
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— Marianne Moore
The enslaver is enslaved, the hater, harmed.
— Marianne Moore
When you take my time, you take something I had meant to use ...
tags: time
— Marianne Moore
To wear the arctic fox you have to kill it.
— Marianne Moore
Poetry, that is to say the poetic, is a primal necessity.
tags: poetry
— Marianne Moore
One must be as clear as one's natural reticence allows one to be.
— Marianne Moore
One detects creative power by its capacity to conquer one's detachment.
tags: power creative
— Marianne Moore
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
We are what we were at birth, and each trait has remained in conformity with earth's and with heaven's logic: Be the devil's tool, resort to black magic, None can diverge from the ends which Heaven foreordained.
tags: magic earth devil birth heaven black
— Marianne Moore
Honesty - however dangerous - should be as valuable as radium it seems to me ...
tags: honesty dangerous
— Marianne Moore
What is our innocence, What is our guilt? All are naked, none is safe.
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— Marianne Moore
marianne moore
Birth    : November 15, 1887
Death  : February 5, 1972
Occupation  : Poet