46 Total Quotes

Marianne Moore Quotes

There never was a war that was not inward; I must fight till I have conquered in myself what causes war.
Marianne Moore
#American Poet #Causes

I see no reason for calling my work poetry except that there is no other category in which to put it.
Marianne Moore
#American Poet #Poetry

Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads.
Marianne Moore
#American Poet #Art

A writer is unfair to himself when he is unable to be hard on himself.
Marianne Moore
#American Poet #Hard

The passion for setting people right is in itself an afflictive disease.
Marianne Moore
#American Poet #Disease

Any writer overwhelmingly honest about pleasing himself is almost sure to please others.
Marianne Moore
#American Poet

The Irish say your trouble is their trouble and your joy their joy? I wish I could believe it; I am troubled, I'm dissatisfied, I'm Irish
Marianne Moore
#Irish

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
Marianne Moore
#Critics And Criticism

The deepest feeling always shows itself in silence; not in silence, but restraint
Marianne Moore
#Feelings

Impatience is the mark of independence, not of bondage
Marianne Moore
#Independence

Psychology which explains everything explains nothing, and we are still in doubt
Marianne Moore
#Doubt

We are suffering from too much sarcasm.
Marianne Moore
#American Poet #Sarcasm

Egotism is usually subversive of sagacity.
Marianne Moore
#Egotism

My father used to say, / `Superior people never make long visits.'
Marianne Moore
#People

Superior people never make long visits
Marianne Moore
#People

You're not free until you've been made captive by supreme belief
Marianne Moore
#Belief

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.
Marianne Moore
#American Poet #Experience

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.
Marianne Moore
#American Poet #Excitement

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

It is human nature to stand in the middle of a thing.
Marianne Moore
#American Poet #Human Nature