Marguerite Young Quotes For Success In Life

Marguerite Vivian Young was an American novelist and academic. She is best known for her novel Miss MacIntosh, My Darling. These Marguerite Young quotes will motivate you.

Best Marguerite Young Quotes

  1. “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.” ~ Marguerite Young
  2. “I believe that all my work explores the human desire or obsession for utopias, and the structure of all my works is the search for utopias lost and rediscovered.” ~ Marguerite Young
  3. “Every heart is the other heart. Every soul is the other soul. Every face is the other face. The individual is the one illusion.” ~ Marguerite Young
  4. “A lawyer I once knew told me of a strange case, a suffragette who had never married. After her death, he opened her trunk and discovered 50 wedding gowns.” ~ Marguerite Young
  5. “Some of the poetic writers who insert passages of realism in their texts have no underlying philosophy to uphold them, and revert to realism.” ~ Marguerite Young
  6. “I’m as much influenced by Joseph Smith and the Mormons as I am, more so, than by Eliot. Actually, I’m much more influenced by the poetry of the Mormons.” ~ Marguerite Young
  7. “We live our fate before we realize exactly what it is.” ~ Marguerite Young

  8. “Is it experimental to have been influenced by the Bible? By Saint Augustine?” ~ Marguerite Young
  9. “When the dream came into being, I always pursued it.” ~ Marguerite Young
  10. “At the age of 18 all young poets are sure they will be dead at 21 – of old age.” ~ Marguerite Young
  11. “I try to teach my students style, but always as a part of life, not as ornament. Style has to come out of communicating coherent thought, not in sticking little flowers on speeches. Style and substance and a sense of life are the things literature is composed of. One must use one’s own personality in relationship to life and language, of course, and everyone has such a relationship. Some people find it, some don’t find it, but it’s there.” ~ Marguerite Young
  12. “I would say my theme has always been paradise lost, always the lost cause, the lost leader, the lost utopia.” ~ Marguerite Young
  13. “I’ve been willing to go for years without publishing. That’s been my career.” ~ Marguerite Young

  14. “All my writing is about the recognition that there is no single reality. But the beauty of it is that you nevertheless go on, walking towards utopia, which may not exist, on a bridge which might end before you reach the other side.” ~ Marguerite Young
  15. “If you don’t have obsessions, don’t write. my characters are obsessed.” ~ Marguerite Young
  16. “When you have examined all the illusions of life and know that there isn’t any reality, but you nevertheless go on, then you are a mature human being. You accept the idea that it is all mask and illusion and that people are in disguise. You see the crumbl” ~ Marguerite Young
  17. “If there is no certain reality, the idea of following a leader must be scrutinized.” ~ Marguerite Young

  18. “I don’t believe there can be a poetic novel without political consciousness. I have a strong political conscience.” ~ Marguerite Young
  19. “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.” ~ Marguerite Young
  20. “The first poem I ever wrote, about loss, when I was 5 years old, expressed the themes of everything I would ever write.” ~ Marguerite Young
  21. “I’m quite sure that most writers would sustain real poetry if they could, but it takes devotion and talent.” ~ Marguerite Young
  22. “I think most people dont like others who, without a voice of their own, emulate the other. I certainly dont want anybody just to pick up my thoughts and hand them back to me.” ~ Marguerite Young
  23. “The first money I ever had was when I received an award from the American Association of University Women.” ~ Marguerite Young
  24. “Don’t blindly follow any leader.” ~ Marguerite Young

  25. “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.” ~ Marguerite Young
  26. “Twice in his life Eugene Victor Debs took the long leap to the Ultima Thule of prison, passing beyond the realm of the acceptable into the nonacceptable, from respectability into the criminal community of the monster who was an enemy to the people.” ~ Marguerite Young
  27. “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.” ~ Marguerite Young
  28. “I never fantasized or invented a thing, not one thing. I knew every single thing I ever wrote about.” ~ Marguerite Young
  29. “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.” ~ Marguerite Young
  30. “All creatures are flawed, but out of the flaw may come the universe.” ~ Marguerite Young

  31. “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.” ~ Marguerite Young
  32. “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.” ~ Marguerite Young
  33. “Dreiser… I love… and almost wouldn’t speak to anyone who ever attacked him.” ~ Marguerite Young
  34. “I never thought of myself as either a woman or a man. I thought of myself as a person who was born to a writer, who was doomed to be a writer.” ~ Marguerite Young
  35. “All the books I have written have been one book, from the beginning.” ~ Marguerite Young
  36. “I would teach from nine to four, sleep an hour, and write from six until midnight, night after night.” ~ Marguerite Young

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