Monica Youn quotes

  • I don't experience "emotions" then "analyze" them; they always reach me pre-analyzed.
    -- Monica Youn


  • I tell my students to think of poems as language plus, language with value added beyond its everyday use.
    -- Monica Youn

    #Thinking #Everyday #Use

  • I'm blissfully not writing anything. Just doing a lot of reading and hopefully some thinking as well.
    -- Monica Youn

    #Reading #Writing #Thinking

  • When you think about the concept of infertility, for example, it's not just medical; it's a repository of so many personal and societal meanings - religious, legal, sexual - encompassing mortality and sin and family and eternity.
    -- Monica Youn

    #Religious #Thinking #Example

  • When you talk about "infertility" you're already using a land-based metaphor - a woman's body compared to property, to be considered fruitful or barren. And "estate" encompasses both legacy and landscape. Think of Emerson, referring to his son's death as "the loss of a beautiful estate."
    -- Monica Youn

    #Beautiful #Son #Loss

  • I can't even imagine having twins.
    -- Monica Youn

    #Twins #Imagine #I Can

  • Part of my reaction to my diagnosis of infertility was deeply sarcastic and critical, part of it was morbid, part of it was numb, part of it was neurotic and desperate. To mush all of those notes together would cancel them out. I ended up just trying to keep them as separate as possible.
    -- Monica Youn

    #Sarcastic #Together #Trying

  • Jealousy is a useless, time-wasting emotion that's eating me alive.

  • Behavior shapes emotions.

  • ...mastery of the emotions is fundamental to a virtuous life.

  • The more modest its intellectual ballast, the more exclusively it takes into consideration the emotions of the masses, the more effective [propaganda] will be.

  • Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings.

  • Know and watch your heart. It's pure but emotions come to colour it.

  • Good books put a finger on emotions that are deeply our own - but that we could never have described on our own.

  • My own approach has always been to push intense emotions down and attempt to deal with them later.

  • It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes... we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions - especially selfish ones.

  • Color is very much about atmosphere and emotion and the feel of a place.