Marianne Moore Quotes

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Marianne Moore Quotes

As contagion of sickness makes sickness, contagion of trust can make trust.
— Marianne Moore —

We
do not admire what
we cannot understand.

— Marianne Moore

I am hard to disgust, but a pretentious poet can do it

— Marianne Moore

The self does not realize itself most fully when self-realization is its most constant aim.

— Marianne Moore

Truly as the sun can rot or mend, love can make one bestial or make a beast a man.

— Marianne Moore

They fought the enemy, we fight fat living and self-pity. Shine, o shine, unfalsifying sun, on this sick scene.

— Marianne Moore

Omissions are not accidents.

— Marianne Moore

As contagion of sickness makes sickness, contagion of trust can make trust.

— Marianne Moore

If technique is of no interest to a writer, I doubt that the writer is an artist.

— Marianne Moore

When one cannot appraise out of one's own experience, the temptation to blunder is minimized, but even when one can, appraisal seems chiefly useful as appraisal of the appraiser.

— Marianne Moore

In a poem the excitement has to maintain itself. I am governed by the pull of the sentence as the pull of a fabric is governed by gravity.

— Marianne Moore

It is human nature to stand in the middle of a thing.

— Marianne Moore

I see no reason for calling my work poetry except that there is no other category in which to put it.

— Marianne Moore

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.

— 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.

— Marianne Moore

The power of the visible is the invisible.

— Marianne Moore

So wary as to disappear for centuries and reappear but never caught, the unicorn has been preserved by an unmatched device wrought like the work of expert blacksmiths ...

— Marianne Moore

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

Assign Yogi Berra to Cape Canaveral; he could handle any missile.

— Marianne Moore

As for butterflies, I can hardly conceive of one's attending upon you; but to question the congruence of the complement is vain, if it exists.

— Marianne Moore

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