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Mina Loy

  • Leave off looking to men to find out what you are not — seek within yourselves to find out what you are.

    • Mina Loy,
    • "Feminist Manifesto" (1914), in Roger L. Conover, ed., The Lost Lunar Baedecker ()
  • The feminist movement as at present instituted is Inadequate.

    • Mina Loy,
    • "Feminist Manifesto" (1914), in Roger L. Conover, ed., The Lost Lunar Baedecker ()
  • Women if you want to realise yourselves — you are on the eve of a devastating psychological upheaval — all your pet illusions must be unmasked — the lies of centuries have got to go — are you prepared for the Wrench?

    • Mina Loy,
    • "Feminist Manifesto" (1914), in Roger L. Conover, ed., The Lost Lunar Baedecker ()
  • Another great illusion that woman must ... destroy . .. is the impurity of sex, the realisation in defiance of superstition that there is nothing impure in sex — except in the mental attitude toward it ...

    • Mina Loy,
    • "Feminist Manifesto" (1914), in Roger L. Conover, ed., The Lost Lunar Baedecker ()
  • Love of others is the appreciation of one's self.

    • Mina Loy,
    • "Aphorisms on Futurism" (1914), in Roger L. Conover, ed., The Lost Lunar Baedecker ()
  • It is not given to each of us / To be desired.

    • Mina Loy,
    • "Babies in Hospitals" (1915), in Roger L. Conover, ed., The Lost Lunar Baedecker ()
  • Behind God's eyes / There might / Be other lights.

    • Mina Loy,
    • "Songs to Joannes" (1917), in Roger L. Conover, ed., The Lost Lunar Baedecker ()
  • Poetry is prose bewitched, a music made of visual thoughts, the sound of an idea.

    • Mina Loy,
    • "Modern Poetry (c. 1925), in Roger L. Conover, ed., The Lost Lunar Baedecker ()
  • ... Gertrude Stein ... the Madame Curie of language. Because in her deep research she has crushed thousands of tons of matter to extract the radium of the word.

    • Mina Loy,
    • in Natalie Clifford Barney, Adventures of the Mind ()
  • [On Gertrude Stein:] Curie / of the laboratory / of vocabulary / she crushed / the tonnage / of consciousness / congealed to phrases / to extract / a radium of the word.

    • Mina Loy,
    • "Gertrude Stein" (1924), in Roger L. Conover, ed., The Lost Lunar Baedeker ()

Mina Loy, English poet, artist, poet, playwright, actor, designer, bohemian

(1882 - 1966)

Born Mina Gertrude Löwry, she was considered a Modernist and a Futurist, mainly appreciated years after her work.