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Poets are born, not paid. ...
by Addison Mizner

Poets are born, not paid.
- Addison Mizner

Ignorance of the law excuses no man from practicing it.
- Addison Mizner

Where there is a will there is a lawsuit.
- Addison Mizner

God gives us relatives; thank God, we can choose our friends.
- Addison Mizner

 

Misery loves company, but company does not reciprocate.
- Addison Mizner

To have great poets, there must be great audiences.
- Walt Whitman

Sucking the marrow out of life
doesn't mean choking on the bone.
- Robin Williams as John Keating
in the 1989 movie Dead Poets Society

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Nobody has ever measured, not even poets,
how much the heart can hold.
- Zelda Fitzgerald

The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Poets have said that the reason to have children is
to give yourself immortality.
Immortality? Now that I have five children,
my only hope is that they are all out of the house before I die.
- Bill Cosby

We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.
- John Fowles

Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast
possession of definition.
- Eli Khamarov

Anthropologists are a connecting link between poets and scientists;
though their field-work among primitive peoples has
often made them forget the language of science.
- Robert Graves

Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand.
- Plato

Science is not addressed to poets.
- George Henry Lewes

Poets deal in writing about feelings and trying to
find the language and images for intense feelings.
- Carol Ann Duffy

Maybe the example of Southern fiction writing has been
so powerful that Southern poets have sort of keyed themselves to that.
- Robert Morgan

The poets whom I knew then were all men and all seemed
dauntingly sure of themselves -
although I am sure that really they were as uncertain as I was.
- Helen Dunmore

Maybe there are three or four really good poets in a generation.
- Kenneth Koch

Another one of the old poets, whose name has escaped my memory at present,
called Truth the daughter of Time.
- Aulus Gellius

It's easy to understand why the most beautiful poems
about England in the spring were written by poets living in Italy at the time.
- Philip Dunne

Obviously one of the things that poets from Northern Ireland and beyond -
had to try to make sense of was what was happening
on a day-to-day political level.
- Paul Muldoon

Most poets, like most people, try hard to be like someone
they admire or they are possessed with an image of what they ought to be.
- James Broughton

Many men of science and poets have in their own manner,
by various ways and means, and aided by others,
sought unceasingly to create a more tolerable world for everyone.
- Eyvind Johnson

There have always been poets who performed.
Blake sang his Songs of Innocence and Experience to parties of friends.
- Adrian Mitchell

Francis Webb is easily our greatest poet and one of
the greatest poets in the world but he's hardly ever mentioned.
- Robert Adamson

The poets are only the interpreters of the Gods.
- Socrates

I've had trouble with criticism, I guess.
It's hard to know what role criticism plays in either
encouraging poets or in getting other people to read them.
- Kenneth Koch

I feel very connected to poets across the country.
- John Barton

Written poetry is worth reading once,
and then should be destroyed.
Let the dead poets make way for others.
- Antonin Artaud

At the age of 18 all young poets are sure they will be dead at 21 -
of old age.
- Marguerite Young

I make it clear why I write as I do and why other poets write as they do.
After hundreds of experiments I decided to go my own
way in style and see what would happen.
- Carl Sandburg

Poets say science takes away from the beauty of the stars -
mere globs of gas atoms.
I, too, can see the stars on a desert night,
and feel them.
But do I see less or more?
- Richard P. Feynman

Modern poets talk against business, poor things,
but all of us write for money.
Beginners are subjected to trial by market.
- Robert Frost

In Russia all tyrants believe poets to be their worst enemies.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Poetry is the work of poets, not of peoples or communities;
artistic creation can never be anything but the production of an individual mind.
- Lascelles Abercrombie

Poets that lasting marble seek Must come in Latin or in Greek.
- Edmund Waller

It's difficult to get films made, especially films about poets.
- Dougray Scott

Southern poets are still writing narrative poems,
poems in forms, dramatic poems.
- Robert Morgan

America may have great poets and novelists,
but she never will have more than one necromancer.
- Rebecca H. Davis

The community of poets I belong to is not as close as it used to be,
if only for the fact that our lives have become busier:
jobs,
children, and the like.
- John Barton

But there is some way in which poets believe that and this is dangerous,
too believe that their calling gives them a certain freedom.
A certain freedom to live in a free way.
- Peter Davison

The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the
vehicle of novelists and poets.
- Christopher Morley

I think one ages and one dates.
I tend to have a good deal of difficulty in liking some of the new poets.
- James Laughlin

But are not the dreams of poets and the tales of travellers notoriously false?
- H. P. Lovecraft

The American public does not know poets exist.
- James Broughton

In every age poets and social reformers have tried
to stimulate the people of their own time to a nobler
life by enchanting stories of the virtues of the heroes of old.
- Alfred Marshall

While I don't satisfy my curiosity about the way I work,
I'm terribly curious about the way other poets work.
But I would think that's true about many of us.
- Thom Gunn

My favorite poets may not be your bread and butter.
I have more favorite poems than favorite poets.
- Rita Dove

Money is everywhere but so is poetry.
What we lack are the poets.
- Federico Fellini

I was at a benefit for some imprisoned students in
the '60s at San Francisco State,
and there were lots of poets reading for the benefit:
one was Elizabeth Bishop.
- Thom Gunn

I don't think it's by accident that I was first attracted
to translating two French women poets.
- Marilyn Hacker

All kids, when they go to school, are pretty good artists
and dancers and singers and poets.
All that gets buried, basically through being educated,
or brainwashed.
- William Wiley

Homer has taught all other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.
- Aristotle

Till now poets were privileged to insert a certain proportion of nonsense -
very far in excess of one-half of one per cent -
into their otherwise sober documents.
- John C. Ransom

I defer to all these other American poets who,
for some reason, I both envy and admire.
- Charles Olson

It is strange, how quickly people want to obligate their poets,
as it were, on the exile.
- Peter Bichsel

Poets are Damned...
but See with the Eyes of Angels.
- Allen Ginsberg

Poets and heroes are of the same race,
the latter do what the former conceive.
- Alphonse de Lamartine

Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is
bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables.
Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder.
- Thomas Aquinas

I wonder what all those Chinese poets sound like in Chinese.
I like their distilled quality.
- Tom Verlaine

Poets, like friends to whom you are in debt,
you hate.
- William Wycherley

Poets should ignore most criticism and get on with making poetry.
- Anne Stevenson

Poets go through a very tough apprenticeship in the use of words.
- Helen Dunmore

The south produced statesmen and soldiers,
planters and doctors and lawyers and poets,
but certainly no engineers and mechanics.
Let Yankees adopt such low callings.
- Margaret Mitchell

Poets are the only people to whom love is not only a crucial,
but an indispensable experience, which entitles them
to mistake it for a universal one.
- Hannah Arendt

They say poets write mostly for themselves;
if anyone else likes it,
well and good, if not, it doesn't matter;
certainly,
not to me.
- Tom Glazer

Though I may deny poets their monopoly on inspiration,
I still place them in a select group of Fortune's darlings.
- Wislawa Szymborska

Nations are born in the hearts of poets,
they prosper and die in the hands of politicians.
- Muhammad Iqbal

Without poets, without artists, men would soon weary of nature's monotony.
- Guillaume Apollinaire


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