Marguerite Young Quotes

35 Marguerite Young quotes:

"At the age of 18 all young poets are sure they will be dead at 21 - of old age."
"If you know anything about James Whitcomb Riley, you know that Little Orphan Annie is one of the most fantastic characters who ever lived in America before Charlie Chaplin."
"Some of the poetic writers who insert passages of realism in their texts have no underlying philosophy to uphold them, and revert to realism."
"I'm quite sure that most writers would sustain real poetry if they could, but it takes devotion and talent."
"When the dream came into being, I always pursued it."
"The first money I ever had was when I received an award from the American Association of University Women."
"A good writer cannot avoid having social consciousness. I don't mean this about small pieces of writing, but about a big book. If it's a big book, there has to be more than one undertow."
"I think there is a rage against women. I've come to see that now although at the time I did not notice it. I was preoccupied with my teaching and my writing."
"I think most people don't like others who, without a voice of their own, emulate the other. I certainly don't want anybody just to pick up my thoughts and hand them back to me."
"I would teach from nine to four, sleep an hour, and write from six until midnight, night after night."
"There were also some cruel reviews by women, but the tone of the male reviewers, sometimes hysterical, was different. I have suffered, but I don't want to name names-but there have been men who have seemed to want to destroy me or my writing, men I don't even know."
"All the books I have written have been one book, from the beginning."
"If you understand hallucination and illusion, you don't blindly follow any leader. You must know if the person is sane or insane, over the abyss."
"Life has no beginning, middle or end."
"All creatures are flawed, but out of the flaw may come the universe."
"Dreiser... I love... and almost wouldn't speak to anyone who ever attacked him."
"If there is no certain reality, the idea of following a leader must be scrutinized."
"I knew Anais Nin, who called me after I had been away for a few years. She was seeking help because at that time no one would give her a decent review. She was made fun of."
"I would never write realistic prose. I don't like people who try to write in a poetic style, but in the course of their book abandon it for realism, and weave back and forth like drunkards between the surreal and the real."
"I never fantasized or invented a thing, not one thing. I knew every single thing I ever wrote about."

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