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Marianne Moore
November 15, 1887 - February 5, 1972
Nationality: American
Category: Poet
Subcategory: American Poet

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


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


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.


Poetry is all nouns and verbs.


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


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


We are suffering from too much sarcasm.


There never was a war that was not inward.


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.


Superior people never make long visits.


Beauty is everlasting And dust is for a time.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


Impatience is the mark of independence, not of bondage.


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