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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Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads.

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

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Camels are snobbish and sheep, unintelligent;

water buffaloes, neurasthenic-- even murderous. Reindeer seem over-serious.

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Omissions are not accidents.

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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.

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

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The hands are the heart's messengers.

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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.

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

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The heart that gives, gathers.

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War is pillage versus resistance and if illusions of magnitude could be transmuted into ideals of magnanimity, peace might be realized.

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Beauty is everlasting And dust is for a time.

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About Marianne Moore

Quotes 115 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Poet
Birthday October 16

One writes because one has a burning desire to objectify what it is indispensable to one's happiness to express.

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The mind is an enchanting thing.

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Impatience is the mark of independence, not of bondage.

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The power of the visible is the invisible.

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Superior people never make long visits.

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The deepest feeling always shows itself in silence.

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Wolf's wool is the best of wool, / but it cannot be sheared because / the wolf will not comply.

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

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Egotism is usually subversive of sagacity.

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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.

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The cynics in life are the people who are always trying to do things for people who don't want things done for them.

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The mind is an enchanting thing is an enchanted thing, like the glaze on a katydid-wing subdivided by sun till the nettings are legion.

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I'm troubled. I'm dissatisfied. I'm Irish.

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We Call Them the Brave who likely were reluctant to be brave.

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

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If we can't be cordial to these creatures' fleece, I think that we deserve to freeze.

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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.

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I believe verbal felicity is the fruit of ardor, of diligence, and of refusing to be false.

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I never 'plan' a stanza. Words cluster like chromosomes, determining the procedure.

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Poetry is all nouns and verbs.

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One must be as clear as one's natural reticence allows one to be.

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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.

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Unconfusion submits its confusion to proof; it's not a Herod's oath that cannot change.

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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.

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[The] whirlwind fife-and-drum of the storm bends the salt marsh grass, disturbs stars in the sky and the star on the steeple; it is a privilege to see so much confusion.

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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!

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My father used to say, "Superior people never make long visits, have to be shown Longfellows grave, or the glass flowers at Harvard."

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Psychology, which explains everything, Explains nothing, And we are still in doubt.

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The sweet air coming into your house on a fine day, from water etched with waves as formal as the scales on a fish.

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At all events there is in Brooklyn something that makes me feel at home.

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Which of us has not been stunned by the beauty of an animal's skin or its flexibility in motion?

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Does it follow that because there are poisonous toadstools which resemble mushrooms, both are dangerous?

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Only imagination that towers can reproduce evanescence and render rigidity flexible.

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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.

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What is our innocence, What is our guilt? All are naked, none is safe.

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We are suffering from too much sarcasm.

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the ocean, under the pulsation of lighthouses and noise of bell buoys, advances as usual, looking as if it were not that ocean in which dropped things are bound to sink-- in which if they turn and twist, it is neither with volition nor consciousness.

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