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Unnameable Quotes

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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

Related topics: Poetry

Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.
- Leonard Bernstein

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

God is the perfect poet.
- Robert Browning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When the poet makes his perfect selection of a word,
he is endowing the word with life.
- John Drinkwater

To know anything of a poet but his poetry is,
so far as the poetry is concerned, to know something
that may be entertaining,
even delightful, but is certainly inessential.
- John Drinkwater

In a way you can feel that the poet actually is looking over your shoulder,
and you say to yourself, now, how would this go for
him? Would this do or not?
- Robert Fitzgerald

What is a poet? An unhappy person who conceals profound
anguish in his heart but whose lips are so formed that
as sighs and cries pass over them they sound like beautiful music.
- Soren Kierkegaard

I started earning a living as a poet rather early on.
- Wislawa Szymborska

The eye is the notebook of the poet.
- James Russell Lowell

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

A man may be variously accomplished,
and yet be a feeble poet.
- George Henry Lewes

I consider myself a poet first and a musician second.
I live like a poet and I'll die like a poet.
- Bob Dylan

No bad man can be a good poet.
- Boris Pasternak

A mathematician, like a painter or poet,
is a maker of patterns.
If his patterns are more permanent than theirs,
it is because they are made with ideas.
- G. H. Hardy

There is no better way of exercising the imagination than the study of law.
No poet ever interpreted nature as freely as a lawyer interprets the truth.
- Jean Giraudoux

Jim wanted to be known as a poet, first and foremost.
- Ray Manzarek

Being Poet Laureate made me realize I was capable of a larger voice.
There is a more public utterance I can make as a poet.
- Rita Dove

A great actor is independent of the poet,
because the supreme essence of feeling does not reside in prose or in verse,
but in the accent with which it is delivered.
- Lee Strasberg

The poet begins where the man ends.
The man's lot is to live his human life,
the poet's to invent what is nonexistent.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

The poet ranks far below the painter
in the representation of visible things,
and far below the musician in that of invisible things.
- Leonardo da Vinci

All poetry has to do is to make a strong communication.
All the poet has to do is listen.
The poet is not an important fellow.
There will also be another poet.
- Stevie Smith

Potter is jealous of potter, and craftsman of craftsman;
and the poor have a grudge against the poor,
and the poet against the poet.
- Hesiod

Everywhere I go I find that a poet has been there before me.
- Sigmund Freud

They think I'm going to be a schoolteacher but I'm going to be a poet.
- Janet Frame

Anybody in the next centuries wanting to know what
it was like to be a poet in the middle of the 20th
century should read Kaddish.
- Leslie Fiedler

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

To be a poet is a condition rather than a profession.
- Robert Graves

With a great poet the sense of Beauty overcomes every other consideration,
or rather obliterates all consideration.
- John Keats

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

The poet exposes himself to the risk.
All that has been said about poetry,
all that he has learned about poetry,
is only a partial assurance.
- A. R. Ammons

As fire kindled by fire, so is the poet's mind kindled
by contact with a brother poet.
- John Keble

According to them, the poet is confined to the provinces
with his mouth broken on his own syllabic trapeze.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

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

If a poet is anybody, he is somebody to whom things
made matter very little -
somebody who is obsessed by Making.
- e. e. cummings

For sure I once thought of myself as the poet who would
save the ordinary from oblivion.
- Philip Levine

The poet produces the beautiful by fixing his attention on something real.
- Simone Veil

There are two men inside the artist,
the poet and the craftsman.
One is born a poet.
One becomes a craftsman.
- Emile Zola

I am not quite a poet but I am something of the kind.
- Edmund Wilson

I think the best American poetry is the poetry that
utilizes the resources of poetry rather than exploits
the defects or triumphs of the poet's personality.
- Mark Strand

A poet clings to his own tradition and avoids internationalism.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

A poet is a man who puts up a ladder to a star and
climbs it while playing a violin.
- Edmond de Goncourt

The bad poet is usually unconscious where he ought to be conscious,
and conscious where he ought to be unconscious.
- T. S. Eliot


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