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Alphonse Daudet Quotes and Sayings

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Poets are people who can still see the world through the eyes of children.
- Alphonse Daudet

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

I've been influenced by poets as diverse as Dylan Thomas,
Lewis Carroll, and Edgar Allan Poe.
- Jack Prelutsky

If sexual intercourse, as the poets tell us,
began in 1963, it was another decade and a half before
the American political system began to take notice.
- Michael Kinsley

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

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

I think of poets as outlaw visionaries in a way.
- Jim Jarmusch

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

Science is not addressed to poets.
- George Henry Lewes

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

All that a critic, as critic, can give poets is the
deadly encouragement that never ceases to remind them
of how heavy their inheritance is.
- Harold Bloom

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

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

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

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

The most important thing for poets to do is to write as little as possible.
- T. S. Eliot

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

Poets are always ahead of things in a certain way,
their sense of language and their vision.
- Jim Jarmusch

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

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

Well, we all start thinking we're going to be Romantic rock stars,
but then reality hits and you realize no one reads you but other poets.
- George Murray

And if we must educate our poets and artists in science,
we must educate our masters, labour and capital,
in art.
- John B. S. Haldane

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

When I began writing, I didn't read any other children's poets...
I didn't want to be influenced until I'd found my own voice.
Now I read them all.
- Jack Prelutsky

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

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

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

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

I'm not, by nature, a collaborator.
My biggest influences were people like painters and poets.
These are solitary workers.
- Robert Wyatt

All poets' wives have rotten lives Their husbands look at them like knives.
- Delmore Schwartz

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

Irish poets, learn your trade, sing whatever is well made,
scorn the sort now growing up all out of shape from toe to top.
- William Butler Yeats

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

As soon as war is declared it will be impossible to hold the poets back.
Rhyme is still the most effective drum.
- Jean Giraudoux

Rarest of the real poets are born poets.
They are the oddballs, not the professors.
- James Broughton

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

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

Inspiration is a farce that poets have invented to
give themselves importance.
- Jean Anouilh

Poets yearn, of course, to be published,
read, and understood, but they do little,
if anything, to set themselves above the common herd and the daily grind.
- Wislawa Szymborska

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

American poets celebrate their bodies,
very specifically, as Whitman did.
- Diane Wakoski

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

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

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

Poets lose half the praise they should have got,
Could it be known what they discreetly blot.
- Edmund Waller

Living at that pitch, on that edge, is something which
many poets engage in to some extent.
- Paul Muldoon

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

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, in their way, are practical men;
they are interested in results.
- Allen Tate

Poets are like baseball pitchers.
Both have their moments.
The intervals are the tough things.
- Robert Frost

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

Example moves the world more than doctrine.
The great exemplars are the poets of action,
and it makes little difference whether they be forces
for good or forces for evil.
- Henry Miller

Great men are rare, poets are rarer,
but the great man who is a poet,
transfiguring his greatness, is the rarest of all events.
- John Drinkwater

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

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

I can't look at things in the simple,
large way that great poets do.
- Isaac Rosenberg

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

In the world of poetry there are would-be poets,
workshop poets, promising poets, lovesick poets,
university poets, and a few real poets.
- James Broughton

Poets are the sense, philosophers the intelligence of humanity.
- Samuel Beckett

Poets are born, not paid.
- Addison Mizner

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

When critics are waiting to pounce upon poetic style
on exactly the same grounds as if it were prose,
the poets tremble.
- John C. Ransom


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