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Poet Quotes

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I am the poet of my mind.
I am the painter of my heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Related topics: Affirmations

I am the poet of my mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened. Don't open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
- Rumi (Persian poet 1207-1273)

"Therefore" is a word the poet must not know.
- Andre Gide

 

The poet doesn't invent.
He listens.
- Jean Cocteau

Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the
poet spends his life patiently trying to untie.
- Jean Cocteau

A poet's autobiography is his poetry.
Anything else is just a footnote.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

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Always be a poet, even in prose.
- Charles Baudelaire

Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet
believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.
- Jean Cocteau

A sculptor is a person who is interested in the shape of things,
a poet in words, a musician by sounds.
- Henry Moore

As the poet said, 'Only God can make a tree,'
probably because it's so hard to figure out how to get the bark on.
- Woody Allen

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.
- Plato

There'll always be working people in my poems because I grew up with them,
and I am a poet of memory.
- Philip Levine

The poet is one who is able to keep
the fresh vision of the child alive.
- Anais Nin

A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.
- W. H. Auden

You don't have to suffer to be a poet;
adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.
- John Ciardi

Married or unmarried, young or old, poet or worker,
you are still a dreamer, and will one time know,
and feel, that your life is but a dream.
- Donald G. Mitchell

Death most resembles a prophet who is without honor
in his own land or a poet who is a stranger among his people.
- Khalil Gibran

To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.
- Robert Frost

A poet can survive everything but a misprint.
- Oscar Wilde

A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.
- Wallace Stevens

Whatever poet, orator or sage may say of it,
old age is still old age.
- Sinclair Lewis

The poet may be used as a barometer,
but let us not forget that he is also part of the weather.
- Lionel Trilling

God is the perfect poet.
- Robert Browning

A true poet does not bother to be poetical.
Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.
- Jean Cocteau

He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet,
though he has never written a line in all his life.
- George Sand

If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.
- David Carradine

A poet's work is to name the unnameable,
to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments,
shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.
- Salman Rushdie

A film is never really good unless the camera is an
eye in the head of a poet.
- Orson Welles

Each memorable verse of a true poet has two or three
times the written content.
- Alfred de Musset

To a poet, silence is an acceptable response,
even a flattering one.
- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

The bad poet is a toady mimicking nature.
- Edward Dahlberg

Every American poet feels that the whole responsibility
for contemporary poetry has fallen upon his shoulders,
that he is a literary aristocracy of one.
- W. H. Auden

Poetry is also the physical self of the poet,
and it is impossible to separate the poet from his poetry.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

The job of the poet is to render the world -
to see it and report it without loss,
without perversion.
No poet ever talks about feelings.
Only sentimental people do.
- Mark Van Doren

I think a poet is anybody who wouldn't call himself a poet.
- Bob Dylan

The pure work implies the disappearance of the poet as speaker,
who hands over to the words.
- Stephane Mallarme

We all know here that the law is the most powerful
of schools for the imagination.
No poet ever interpreted nature as freely as a lawyer interprets the truth.
- Jean Giraudoux

I'm tired of being this solemn poet of the masses,
the enigma shrouded in a mystery.
- Michael Stipe

Of course, you would have to be insane to hope your
child grows up to be a playwright or poet.
Given the odds, you would have to be quite cavalier
about your children's future.
- Mark Helprin

A poet laureate of adolescent sexuality and middle-age longing.
- William A. Henry III

A poet is a professional maker of verbal objects.
- W. H. Auden

A writer should have the precision of a poet and the
imagination of a scientist.
- Vladimir Nabokov

Could a man live by it, it were not unpleasant employment to be a poet.
- Oliver Goldsmith

I am not less poet; I am more conscious of all that I am,
am not, and might become.
- Jean Toomer

The poet's spoken discourse often depends on a mystique,
on the spiritual freedom that finds itself enslaved on earth.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

There is another old poet whose name I do not now remember
who said, "Truth is the daughter of Time."
- Abraham Lincoln

The music of language became extremely important to me,
and obvious to me.
By the time I was seven I was writing myself.
I was a poet.
- June Jordan

Poetry is not an expression of the party line.
It's that time of night, lying in bed,
thinking what you really think, making the private world public,
that's what the poet does.
- Allen Ginsberg

The worst tragedy for a poet is to be admired through being misunderstood.
- Jean Cocteau

A poet never takes notes.
You never take notes in a love affair.
- Robert Frost

There exist only three beings worthy of respect:
the priest,
the soldier, the poet.
To know, to kill, to create.
- Charles Baudelaire

From the night, his solitude, the poet finds day and
starts a diary that is lethal to the inert.
The dark landscape yields a dialogue.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

The talent of a true writer and poet is in the ear.
- Bryant H. McGill

I would love to be the poet laureate of Coney Island.
- Thornton Wilder

My opinion is that a poet should express the emotion
of all the ages and the thought of his own.
- Thomas Hardy

When it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry.
The poet, too, is not nearly so concerned with describing
facts as with creating images.
- Niels Bohr

But for a few phrases from his letters and an odd line or two of his verse,
the poet walks gagged through his own biography.
- John Updike

A great poet is the most precious jewel of a nation.
- Ludwig van Beethoven

Philip Larkin has a tough honesty and sense of humor
that I find irresistible,
as a contemporary poet.
- Robert Morgan

In order to master the unruly torrent of life the learned man meditates,
the poet quivers, and the political hero erects the fortress of his will.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

I think it better that in times like these a poet's mouth be silent,
for in truth we have no gift to set a statesman right.
- William Butler Yeats

A poet is someone who stands outside in the rain hoping
to be struck by lightning.
- James Dickey

A poet can write about a man slaying a dragon,
but not about a man pushing a button that releases a bomb.
- W. H. Auden

But Racine's extraordinary powers as a writer become
still more obvious when we consider that besides being
a great poet he is also a great psychologist.
- Lytton Strachey

Being identified as a poet in France or Denmark or
India one is greeted with gracious respect.
- James Broughton

I never thought of myself as a New York poet or as an American poet.
- Kenneth Koch

No poet or novelist wishes he were the only one who ever lived,
but most of them wish they were the only one alive,
and quite a number fondly believe their wish has been granted.
- W. H. Auden

Poetry is a succession of questions which the poet constantly poses.
- Vicente Aleixandre

I am a better novelist than a poet, playwright,
or essayist.
- Jose Saramago


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