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Marianne Moore quotes (22)

A writer is unfair to himself when he is unable to be hard on himself.
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Any writer overwhelmingly honest about pleasing himself is almost sure to please others.
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As contagion of sickness makes sickness, contagion of trust can make trust.
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Beauty is everlasting And dust is for a time.
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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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If technique is of no interest to a writer, I doubt that the writer is an artist.
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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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Impatience is the mark of independence, not of bondage.
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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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It is human nature to stand in the middle of a thing.
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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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My father used to say superior people never make long visits.
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Poetry is all nouns and verbs.
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Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads.
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Psychology which explains everything explains nothing, and we are still in doubt.
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Superior people never make long visits.
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The deepest feeling always shows itself in silence; not in silence, but restraint.
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The passion for setting people right is in itself an afflictive disease.
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There never was a war that was not inward.
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We are suffering from too much sarcasm.
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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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You're not free until you've been made captive by supreme belief.
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