62 Total Quotes

Marguerite Young Quotes

The asexual angel, neither male nor female... unable to live without her mask of illusions... showed herself to be the denuded character every person would be if confronted with the loss of their illusions as she was.
Marguerite Young
#Angels

Just as I do not want my students to imitate my style, I admire authors who write differently from me. Lewis and Dreiser didn't try to write in a poetic style.
Marguerite Young
#Students

If you know anything about James Whitcomb Riley, you know that Little Orphan Annie is one of the most fantastic characters who ever lived in America before Charlie Chaplin.
Marguerite Young
#American Author

Some of the poetic writers who insert passages of realism in their texts have no underlying philosophy to uphold them, and revert to realism.
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#American Author #Philosophy

I'm as much influenced by Joseph Smith and the Mormons as I am, more so, than by Eliot. Actually, I'm much more influenced by the poetry of the Mormons.
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#American Author

I'm quite sure that most writers would sustain real poetry if they could, but it takes devotion and talent.
Marguerite Young
#American Author

I never fantasized or invented a thing, not one thing. I knew every single thing I ever wrote about.
Marguerite Young
#American Author

The first poem I ever wrote, about loss, when I was 5 years old, expressed the themes of everything I would ever write.
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#American Author

Life has no beginning, middle or end.
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#American Author #Beginning

Is it experimental to have been influenced by the Bible? By Saint Augustine?
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#American Author #The bible

When the dream came into being, I always pursued it.
Marguerite Young
#American Author

Like Kay Boyle, whose work I'm wild about, I could have married, written a book with every baby, a baby with every book.
Marguerite Young
#Work

I think that the style is the writing, a beautiful sense of style. And if you don't have it, it doesn't matter what you write, it doesn't really make any difference. I'm not speaking of realistic novels now, but of the pseudo-poetic novel or short story.
Marguerite Young
#Style

My first attempt to write about Robert Owen was in the form of poetry. Then I turned it into a blank verse poem, but I discovered that I couldn't fit in all the facts, which are fabulous. I decided to rewrite it a third time, still retaining every image I had already written in the first two versions.
Marguerite Young
#Poetry

All my writing is about the recognition that there is no single reality. But the beauty of it is that you nevertheless go on, walking towards utopia, which may not exist, on a bridge which might end before you reach the other side.
Marguerite Young
#American Author #Beauty

I had a book, which was stolen, the art of the life of the character, in which you present a whole life in three of four pages. I used that method.
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#American Author #Art

I was not influenced by Joyce although he's a great writer, and I love his work. I was influenced by Saint Augustine.
Marguerite Young
#Love

I think most people don't like others who, without a voice of their own, emulate the other. I certainly don't want anybody just to pick up my thoughts and hand them back to me.
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#American Author #People

When you have examined all the illusions of life and know that there isn't any reality, but you nevertheless go on, then you are a mature human being. You accept the idea that it is all mask and illusion and that people are in disguise. You see the crumbling of reality and you accept it.
Marguerite Young
#Life

If you understand hallucination and illusion, you don't blindly follow any leader. You must know if the person is sane or insane, over the abyss.
Marguerite Young
#American Author #Illusion

A good writer cannot avoid having social consciousness. I don't mean this about small pieces of writing, but about a big book. If it's a big book, there has to be more than one undertow.
Marguerite Young
#American Author #Consciousness

I think the category between fiction and non-fiction is nothing. The poetry of non-fiction is as fabulous as any poetry you could ever write in fiction. Poets have greatly influenced me. The only difference between the novel as poem and the lyric as poem is the difference in length.
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#Fiction