Marianne Moore

1887 - 1972

A Quote by Marianne Craig Moore on excess and energy

Excess is the common substitute for energy.

Marianne Moore (1887 - 1972)

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A Quote by Marianne Craig Moore on fatherhood, people, and superiority

My father used to say, "Superior people never make long visits, have to be shown Longfellows grave, or the glass flowers at Harvard."

Marianne Moore (1887 - 1972)

Source: Silence, 1935

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A Quote by Marianne Craig Moore on feeling and silence

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

Marianne Moore (1887 - 1972)

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A Quote by Marianne Craig Moore on death and memory

We don't like flowers that do not wilt; they must die, and nine she-camel hairs aid memory.

Marianne Moore (1887 - 1972)

Source: The Sycamore, 1956, st. 2

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A Quote by Marianne Craig Moore on contempt and reading

I, too, dislike it. Reading it, however, with a perfect contempt for it, one discovers in it, after all, a place for the genuine.

Marianne Moore (1887 - 1972)

Source: Poetry, 1935; revised 1967

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A Quote by Marianne Craig Moore on passion

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HE MADE THIS SCREEN not of silver nor of coral, but of weatherbeaten laurel. Here, he introduced a sea uniform like tapestry; here, a fig-tree; there, a face; there, a dragon circling space -- designating here, a bower; there, a pointed passion-flower.

Marianne Moore (1887 - 1972)

Source: "He Made This Screen." In Poems. London: The Egoist Press, 1921.

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A Quote by Marianne Craig Moore

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

Marianne Moore (1887 - 1972)

Source: Spenser's Ireland, 1941, last line

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A Quote by Marianne Craig Moore on garden, imagination, poets, and present

Not till the poets among us can be "literalists of the imagination"-above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, "imaginary gardens with real toads in them." shall we have it.

Marianne Moore (1887 - 1972)

Source: Poetry, 1935, st. 4, 5

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