Marianne Moore
Quotations


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

Egotism is usually subversive of sagacity.

Humor saves a few steps, it saves years.

I am governed by the pull of a sentence as the pull of a fabric is governed by gravity. I like the end-stopped line and dislike the reversed order of words, like symmetry.

I am troubled, I'm dissatisfied, I'm Irish.

I see no reason for calling my work poetry except that there is no other category in which to put it.

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

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

Poetry, that is to say the poetic, is a primal necessity.

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

There is a great amount of poetry in unconscious fastidiousness.

To wear the arctic fox you have to kill it.

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

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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