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Marianne Moore Quotes
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Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads.
- Marianne Moore

Impatience is the mark of independence,
not of bondage.
- Marianne Moore

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

The passion for setting people right is in itself an afflictive disease.
- 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

There never was a war that was not inward.
- Marianne Moore

A writer is unfair to himself when he is unable to be hard on himself.
- Marianne Moore

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Psychology which explains everything explains nothing,
and we are still in doubt.
- 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

My father used to say superior people never make long visits.
- Marianne Moore

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

We are suffering from too much sarcasm.
- 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

You're not free until you've been made captive by supreme belief.
- 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

Poetry is all nouns and verbs.
- Marianne Moore

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

Superior people never make long visits.
- 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

Beauty is everlasting And dust is for a time.
- Marianne Moore

Any writer overwhelmingly honest about pleasing himself
is almost sure to please others.
- Marianne Moore

The deepest feeling always shows itself in silence;
not in silence,
but restraint.
- Marianne Moore

I think that there is nothing, not even crime,
more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself
than this incessant business.
- Henry David Thoreau

To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.
- John Ruskin

Any healthy man can go without food for two days -
but not without poetry.
- Charles Baudelaire

Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.
- Novalis

Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life.
- William Hazlitt

Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power.
Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions,
all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words.
- Paul Engle

Sometimes poetry is inspired by the conversation entered
into by reading other poems.
- John Barton

There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing.
- John Cage

Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.
- Carl Sandburg

Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.
- Plutarch

Poetry: the best words in the best order.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Poetry is just the evidence of life.
If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.
- Leonard Cohen

Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry.
- Muriel Rukeyser

Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
- T. S. Eliot

All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.
- Oscar Wilde

Poetry is an orphan of silence.
The words never quite equal the experience behind them.
- Charles Simic

Poetry is the opening and closing of a door,
leaving those who look through to guess about what
is seen during the moment.
- Carl Sandburg

Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.
- Thomas Gray

A poet's autobiography is his poetry.
Anything else is just a footnote.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Poetry is plucking at the heartstrings,
and making music with them.
- Dennis Gabor

There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money,
- Robert Graves

You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you.
- Joseph Joubert

Poetry should...
should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts,
and appear almost a remembrance.
- John Keats

Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder,
with a dash of the dictionary.
- Khalil Gibran

Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.
- Edgar Allan Poe

Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that.
Poetry is as precise as geometry.
- Gustave Flaubert

Poetry is what gets lost in translation.
- Robert Frost

Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet
believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has,
it may be inadvisable to draw it out...
Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure.
- A. E. Housman

He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet,
though he has never written a line in all his life.
- George Sand

Youth, large, lusty, loving -
Youth, full of grace, force, fascination.
Do you know that Old Age may come after you
with equal grace, force, fascination?
- Walt Whitman

Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.
- Rita Dove

One merit of poetry few persons will deny:
it says more and in fewer words than prose.
- Voltaire

Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.
- Carl Sandburg

Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.
- Plato

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and
the thought has found words.
- Robert Frost

A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.
- Wallace Stevens

Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

No poems can please for long or live that are written by water drinkers.
- Horace

The poem is the point at which our strength gave out.
- Richard Rosen

If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved,
the inquisition might have let him alone.
- Thomas Hardy

If you read quickly to get through a poem to what it means,
you have missed the body of the poem.
- M. H. Abrams

The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.
- Jean Cocteau

I sometimes talk about the making of a poem within the poem.
- Howard Nemerov

How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.
- Robert Penn Warren

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Each word bears its weight, so you have to read my poems quite slowly.
- Anne Stevenson

A poem conveys not a message so much as the provenance of a message,
an advent of sense.
- Thomas Harrison

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