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Brian Harris Quotes and Sayings

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Poets write the words you have heard before but in a new sequence.
- Brian Harris

To be born in Wales, not with a silver spoon in your mouth,
but, with music in your blood and with poetry in your soul,
is a privilege indeed.
- Brian Harris

The failure of Socialism since 1945 is that whilst encouraging us all,
the creators of wealth, to produce less through strikes,
it has caused us all to demand a higher level of our own product.
- Brian Harris

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A lot of poets too live on the margins of social acceptance,
they certainly aren't in it for the money.
William Blake - only his first book was legitimately published.
- Jim Jarmusch

My sisters were going out with artists and poets,
and eventually it was the creative world which attracted me.
- Luc Ferrari

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, we know, are terribly sensitive people,
and in my observation one of the things they are most
sensitive about is money.
- Robert Penn Warren

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

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

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

I do not think men have more talent.
There are a great many women in the arts;
novelists,
painters, sculptors, poets-but the proportion is far
lower in the field of song writing.
- Dorothy Fields

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

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

Saints have no moderation, nor do poets,
just exuberance.
- Anne Sexton

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

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

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

Poets don't draw.
They unravel their handwriting and then tie it up again,
but differently.
- Jean Cocteau

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

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

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

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

In working on a poem, I love to revise.
Lots of younger poets don't enjoy this,
but in the process of revision I discover things.
- Rita Dove

I hate the whole race.
There is no believing a word they say,
your professional poets, I mean there never existed
a more worthless set than Byron and his friends for example.
- Arthur Wellesley

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

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

The trouble with the performance poets is that they
don't seem to have read anything.
So there is not a real sense of the poetic tradition in their work.
- Peter Davison

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

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

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

Frost is the most sophisticated of poets.
- Peter Davison

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

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

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

We have to raise the consciousness; the only way poets
can change the world is to raise the consciousness of the general populace.
- Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Poets can't resist the dramatic pull of their lives
and so inevitably write autobiographical verse.
- John Barton

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

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

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

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

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

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

Poets are born, not paid.
- Addison Mizner

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

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

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

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

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

People wish to be poets more than they wish to write poetry,
and that's a mistake.
One should wish to celebrate more than one wishes to be celebrated.
- Lucille Clifton

Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.
- T. S. Eliot

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

Of poets I put Virgil first - he was greatest.
- Mary MacLane

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

One of my favorite poets, Neruda, writes close to the bone.
Though I know only a little Spanish,
I like to compare the Spanish and English lines and
see how the translator worked.
- Anita Diament

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


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