Inspiring quotes by Marianne Moore

Top 10 most inspiring quotes by Marianne Moore

  • If we can’t be cordial to these creatures’ fleece, I think that we deserve to freeze.
  • Any writer overwhelmingly honest about pleasing himself is almost sure to please others.
  • The self does not realize itself most fully when self-realization is its most constant aim.
  • Truly as the sun can rot or mend, love can make one bestial or make a beast a man.
  • You are not male or female, but a plan deep-set within the heart of man.
  • They fought the enemy, we fight fat living and self-pity. Shine, o shine, unfalsifying sun, on this sick scene.
  • When they become so derivative as to become unintelligible, the same thing may be said for all of us, that we do not admire what we cannot understand.
  • I, too, dislike it: there are things that are important beyond all this fiddle. Reading it, however, with a perfect contempt for it, one discovers in it after all, a place for the genuine.
  • I am governed by the pull of the sentence as the pull of fabric is governed by gravity.
  • I believe verbal felicity is the fruit of ardor, of diligence, and of refusing to be false.
Marianne Moore

Marianne Moore (1887-1972) was an American poet, critic, and editor. She was born in Kirkwood, Missouri, and grew up in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Moore studied biology at Bryn Mawr College and worked as a teacher before dedicating herself to writing.

Moore’s poetry is known for its precise language, keen observations of nature and animals, and use of unconventional imagery. Her collections include “Observations” (1924), “Selected Poems” (1935), “What Are Years?” (1941), and “The Complete Poems of Marianne Moore” (1967).

In addition to her writing, Moore worked as an editor at The Dial magazine and served as the poetry editor of The Nation. She also mentored a number of poets, including Elizabeth Bishop and James Merrill.

Moore was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1951 for her collection “Collected Poems,” and she received numerous other honors during her lifetime, including the National Book Award, the Bollingen Prize, and the Academy of American Poets Fellowship.

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