Marianne Moore Quotes

tell my why the fen appears impassable,
Marianne Moore (1887-1972), U.S. poet. I May, I Might, I Must (l. 1-2). . . The Complete Poems of Marianne Moore. (1981) Penguin Books.
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Beauty is everlasting and dust is for a time.
Marianne Moore (1887-1972), U.S. poet. In Distrust of Merits (l. 79-80). . . The Complete Poems of Marianne Moore. (1981) Penguin Books.
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Hate-hardened heart, O heart of iron, iron is iron till it is rust. There never was a war that was not inward; I must fight till I have conquered in myself what causes war, but I would not believe it.
Marianne Moore (1887-1972), U.S. poet. In Distrust of Merits (l. 71-76). . . The Complete Poems of Marianne Moore. (1981) Penguin Books.
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A writer is unfair to himself when he is unable to be hard on himself.
Marianne Moore (1887-1972), U.S. poet. Interview in Writers at Work, Second Series, ed. George Plimpton (1963).
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