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Born in November 15, 1887 / Died in February 5, 1972 / United States / English

Quotes by Marianne Clarke 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.
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.
Superior people never make long visits.
Egotism is usually subversive of sagacity.
As contagion of sickness makes sickness, contagion of trust can make trust.
If technique is of no interest to a writer, I doubt that the writer is an artist.
We are suffering from too much sarcasm.
The passion for setting people right is in itself an afflictive disease.
Poetry is all nouns and verbs.
War is pillage versus resistance and if illusions of magnitude could be transmuted into ideals of magnanimity, peace might be realized.
A writer is unfair to himself when he is unable to be hard on himself.
It is human nature to stand in the middle of a thing.
My father used to say superior people never make long visits.
Any writer overwhelmingly honest about pleasing himself is almost sure to please others.
Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads.
There never was a war that was not inward; I must fight till I have conquered in myself what causes war.
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.
Durer would have seen a reason for living in a town like this, with eight stranded whales to look at;
He's not out seeing a sight but the rock...