Marianne Moore Quotes

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

Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads.

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

Poetry is all nouns and verbs.

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.

Impatience is the mark of independence, not of bondage.

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.

Beauty is everlasting And dust is for a time.