Marianne Moore

1887 - 1972

A Quote by Marianne Craig Moore on guilt and innocence

What is our innocence, What is our guilt? All are naked, none is safe.

Marianne Moore (1887 - 1972)

Source: What Are Years? 1941

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A Quote by Marianne Craig Moore on day, fear, soul, and work

The prey of fear, he, always curtailed, extinguished, thwarted by the dusk, work partly done, says to the alternating blaze, "Again the sun! anew each day; and new and new and new, that comes into and steadies my soul."

Marianne Moore (1887 - 1972)

Source: The Pangolin, 1941, st 9

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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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