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Poets Quotes

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

Related topics: Love

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

At this moment, by an undeserved stroke of fortune,
I am the direct voice of the poets of my race and the
indirect voice for the noble Spanish and Portuguese tongues.
- Gabriela Mistral

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

The scholars and poets of an earlier time can be read
only with a dictionary to help.
- Carl Sandburg

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

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

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

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

Poets, like whores, are only hated by each other.
- William Wycherley

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

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

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

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

Language ought to be the joint creation of poets and manual workers.
- George Orwell

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

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

Let the poets cry themselves to sleep,
and all their tearful words will turn back into steam.
- Conor Oberst

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

I took to wearing a black tie known as the Ascot,
with long drooping ends.
I had seen pictures of painters, sculptors,
poets, wearing this style of tie.
- Carl Sandburg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Women make us poets, children make us philosophers.
- Malcolm De Chazal

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

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

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

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

It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the
art of telling lies skillfully.
- Aristotle

There are some fine books and essays about that.
Lewis Hyde has written about alcoholism and poets and
the role that society gives its writers -
encouraging them to die.
- Sharon Olds

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

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

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

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

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

Travelers are like poets.
They are mostly an angry race.
- Richard Burton

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

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

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

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

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

She knows more of love than the poets can say,
and her eyes offer something that won't go away.
- Harry Chapin

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

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

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

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

In The Doors we have both musicians and poets,
and both know of each other's art, so we can effect a synthesis.
- Robby Krieger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Of course poets have morals and manners of their own,
and custom is no argument with them.
- Thomas Hardy


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