Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads.
By: Marianne Moore
The passion for setting people right is in itself an afflictive disease.
Any writer overwhelmingly honest about pleasing himself is almost sure to please others.
Impatience is the mark of independence, not of bondage.
In a poem the excitement has to maintain itself. I am governed by the pull of the sentence as the pull of a fabric is governed by gravity.
Poetry is all nouns and verbs.
A writer is unfair to himself when he is unable to be hard on himself.
Beauty is everlasting And dust is for a time.
Superior people never make long visits.
It is human nature to stand in the middle of a thing.
When one cannot appraise out of ones own experience, the temptation to blunder is minimized, but even when one can, appraisal seems chiefly useful as appraisal of the appraiser.
As contagion of sickness makes sickness, contagion of trust can make trust.
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