Marianne Moore Quotes

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Among animals, one has a sense of humor.

sense of humor

Blessed the geniuses who know
that egomania is not a duty.

genius

I lie in wait like a leopard on a branch-strained metaphor.

poets

You're not free
until you've been made captive by
supreme belief.

beliefs

In a poem, the words should be as pleasing to the ear as the meaning is to the mind.

poetry

I am governed by the pull of the sentence as the pull of a fabric is governed by gravity.

poets

Which of us has not been stunned by the beauty of an animal's skin or its flexibility in motion?

animals

When a thing has been said so well that it could not be said better, why paraphrase it?  Hence my writing is, if not a cabinet of fossils, a kind of collection of flies in amber.

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