Marianne Moore Quotes

As for butterflies, I can hardly conceive of one's attending upon you; but to question the congruence of the complement is vain, if it exists.
Marianne Moore (1887-1972), U.S. poet. To a Steam Roller (l. 11-13). . . The Complete Poems of Marianne Moore. (1981) Penguin Books.
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Though he is captive, his mighty singing says, satisfaction is a lowly thing, how pure a thing is joy. This is mortality, this is eternity.
Marianne Moore (1887-1972), U.S. poet. What Are Years? (L. 22-27). . . The Complete Poems of Marianne Moore. (1981) Penguin Books.
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What is our innocence, what is our guilt? All are naked, none is safe.
Marianne Moore (1887-1972), U.S. poet. What Are Years? (L. 1-3). . . The Complete Poems of Marianne Moore. (1981) Penguin Books.
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Sweden, what makes the people dress that way and those who see you wish to stay?
Marianne Moore (1887-1972), U.S. poet. A Carriage from Sweden (l. 46-48). . . The Complete Poems of Marianne Moore. (1981) Penguin Books.
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The deft white-stockinged dance in thick-soled shoes! Denmark's sanctuaried Jews!
Marianne Moore (1887-1972), U.S. poet. A Carriage from Sweden (l. 34-35). . . The Complete Poems of Marianne Moore. (1981) Penguin Books.
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At all events there is in Brooklyn something that makes me feel at home.
Marianne Moore (1887-1972), U.S. poet. A Carriage from Sweden (l. 4-5). . . The Complete Poems of Marianne Moore. (1981) Penguin Books.
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swirling crustacean- tailed equine amphibious creatures that garnish the axle-tree! What a fine thing! What unannoying romance!
Marianne Moore (1887-1972), U.S. poet. A Carriage from Sweden (l. 18-22). . . The Complete Poems of Marianne Moore. (1981) Penguin Books.
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the ocean, under the pulsation of lighthouses and noise of bell buoys, advances as usual, looking as if it were not that ocean in which dropped things are bound to sink— in which if they turn and twist, it is neither with volition nor consciousness.
Marianne Moore (1887-1972), U.S. poet. A Grave (l. 23-26). . . The Complete Poems of Marianne Moore. (1981) Penguin Books.
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repression, however, is not the most obvious characteristic of the sea; the sea is a collector, quick to return a rapacious look.
Marianne Moore (1887-1972), U.S. poet. A Grave (l. 9-10). . . The Complete Poems of Marianne Moore. (1981) Penguin Books.
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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 (1887-1972), U.S. poet. repr. In Complete Prose (1987). "Comment," Dial, no. 85 (New York, Oct. 1928).
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