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The poet is a man who lives at last by watching his moods. An old poet comes at last to watch his moods as narrowly as a cat does a mouse.
Henry David Thoreau Category: Poetry
The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something and tell what it saw in a plain way. Hundreds of people can talk for one who can think but thousands can think for one who can see. To see clearly is poetry prophecy and religion all in one.
John Ruskin Category: Poetry
Sad is his lot who once at least in his life has not been a poet.
Lamartine Category: Poetry
The proof of a poet is that his country absorbs him as affectionately as he has absorbed it.
Walt Whitman Category: Poetry
Poetry can communicate before it is understood.
Thomas Stearns Eliot Category: Poetry
It is difficult to get the news from poems yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.
William Carlos Williams Category: Poetry
Byron and Shelley and Keats Were a trio of lyrical treats.
Dorothy Parker Category: Poetry
We have more poets than judges and interpreters of poetry. It is easier to write an indifferent poem than to understand a good one.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne Category: Poetry
One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose.
Francois Voltaire Category: Poetry
My opinion is that a poet should express the emotion of all the ages and the thought of his own.
Thomas Hardy: Category: Poetry
The world is full of poetry.- The air is living with its spirit; and the waves dance to the music of its melodies And sparkle in its brightness.
James Percival Category: Poetry
Ugliness is a point of view: an ulcer is wonderful to a pathologist.
Poetry is as exact a science as geometry.
Gustave Flaubert Category: Poetry
Anyone may be an honorable man and yet write verse badly.
Jean Baptiste Moliere Category: Poetry
If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me I know that is poetry.
Emily Dickinson Category: Poetry
One of the principle objects of theoretical research in any department of knowledge is to find the point of view from which the subject appears in its greatest simplicity.
J. W. Gibbs Category: Poetry
Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton Category: Poetry
Poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history since its statements are of the nature of universals whereas those of history are singulars.
Aristotle Category: Poetry
Thinking in its lower grades is comparable to paper money. and in its higher forms it is a kind of poetry.
Henry Havelock Ellis Category: Poetry
Most wretched men Are cradled into poetry by wrong: They learn in suffering what they teach in song.
Percy Bysshe Shelley Category: Poetry
Soft is the strain when zephyr gently blows And the smooth stream in smoother numbers flows; But when loud surges lash the sounding shore The hoarse rough verse should like the torrent roar. When Ajax strives some rocks vast weight to throw The line too labours and the words move slow: Not so when swift Camilla scours the plain Flies oer th unbending corn and skims along the main.
Alexander Pope Category: Poetry
In science one tries to tell people in such a way as to be understood by everyone something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry its the exact opposite.
Paul Dirac Category: Poetry
Poets lose half the praise they should have got Could it be known what they discreetly blot.
Edmund Waller Category: Poetry
Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me.
Sigmund Freud Category: Poetry
Friends are born not made.
Henry B. Adams Category: Poetry
For wheresoeer I turn my ravishd eyes Gay gilded scenes and shining prospects rise Poetic fields encompass me around And still I seem to tread on classic ground.
Joseph Addison Category: Poetry
Two men look out through the same bars: One sees the mud and one the stars.
Frederick Langbridge Category: Poetry
The worst tragedy for a poet is to be admired through being misunderstood.
Jean Cocteau Category: Poetry
Three poets in three distant ages born Greece Italy and England did adorn. The first in loftiness of thought surpassd; The next in majesty; in both the last. The force of Nature could no further go; To make a third she joind the former two.
John Dryden Category: Poetry
A poet must needs be before his own age to be even with posterity.
James Russell Lowell Category: Poetry
Poetry ennobles the heart and the eyes and unveils the meaning of all things upon which the heart and the eyes dwell. It discovers the secret rays of the universe and restores to us forgotten paradises.
Dame Edith Sitwell Category: Poetry
If theres no money in poetry neither is there poetry in money.
Robert Ranke Graves Category: Poetry
Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality but an escape from personality.
T. S. Eliot Category: Poetry
The poets scrolls will outlive the monuments of stone. Genius survives; all else is claimed by death.
Edmund Spenser Category: Poetry
A poem is never finished only abandoned.
Paul Valery Category: Poetry
One of the principal objects of theoretical research in my department of knowledge is to find the point of view from which the subject appears in its greatest simplicity.
Josiah Willard Gibbs Category: Poetry
We have all forgot more than we remember.
Thomas Fuller Category: Poetry
A poet who reads his own verse in public may have other nasty habits.
Robert Anson Heinlein Category: Poetry
Poetry my dear friends is a sacred incarnation of a smile. Poetry is a sigh that dries the tears. Poetry is a spirit who dwells in the soul whose nourishment is the heart whose wine is affection. Poetry that comes not in this form is a false messiah.
Kahlil Gibran Category: Poetry
You will not find poetry anywhere unless you bring some of it with you.
Joseph Joubert Category: Poetry
Poetry is the opening and closing of a door leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during a moment.
Carl Sandburg Category: Poetry
I wish you would read a little poetry sometimes. Your ignorance cramps my conversation.
Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins Category: Poetry
Experience has taught me when I am shaving of a morning to keep watch over my thoughts because if a line of poetry strays into my memory my skin bristles so that the razor ceases to act.... The seat of this sensation is the pit of the stomach.
Alfred Edward Housman Category: Poetry
Anticipating that most poetry will be worse than carrying heavy luggage through OHare Airport the public to its loss reads very little of it.
Russell Baker Category: Poetry
Prose - words in their best order; Poetry - the best words in their best order.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge Category: Poetry
The fellow is either mad or he is composing verses. Aut insanit homo aut versus facit
Quintus Horatius Flaccus Horace Category: Poetry
The lunatic the lover and the poet Are of imagination all compact: One sees more devils than vast hell can hold That is the madman: the lover all as frantic Sees Helens beauty in a brow of Egypt: The poets eye in fine frenzy rolling Doth glance from heaven to earth from earth to heaven; And as imagination bodies forth The forms of things unknown the poets pen Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing A local habitation and a name. Such tricks hath strong imagination That if it would but apprehend some joy It comprehends some bringer of that joy; Or in the night imagining some fear How easy is a bush supposed a bear!
William Shakespeare Category: Poetry
Do not kick against the pricks.
Aeschylus Category: Poetry
God hath treasures beneath the Throne the keys whereof are the tongues of poets.
Prophet Muhammad Category: Poetry
Poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history.
Plato Category: Poetry
Protest long enough that you are right and you will be wrong.
Proverb Category: Poetry
RIMER n. A poet regarded with indifference or disesteem.
Ambrose Gwinett Bierce Category: Poetry
There is no mistake; there has been no mistake; and there shall be no mistake.
Arthur Wellesley 1st Duke of Wellington Category: Poetry
Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.
Don Marquis Category: Poetry
It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it.
Wystan Hugh Auden Category: Poetry
Poets are all who love who feel great truths And tell them; and the truth of truths is love.
Philip James Bailey Category: Poetry
Some good some so-so and lots plain bad: thats how a book of poems is made my Friend.
Marcus Valerius Martialis Category: Poetry
What man does not understand he fears; and what he fears he tends to destroy.
Unknown Category: Poetry
We have had triumphs we have made mistakes we have had sex.
George Herbert Walker Bush Category: Poetry
If you want to make a song more hummy add a few tiddely poms.
Alan Alexander Milne Category: Poetry
Poetry must resist the intelligence almost successfully.
Wallace Stevens Category: Poetry
Just as I shall select my ship when I am about to go on a voyage or my house when I propose to take a residence so I shall choose my death when I am about to depart from life.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca Category: Poetry
Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads.
Marianne Craig Moore Category: Poetry
Painting is silent poetry and poetry painting that speaks.
Simonides of Ceos Category: Poetry
Poetry should surprise by a fine excess and not by singularity; it should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts and appear almost a remembrance.
John Keats Category: Poetry
Talent is like a faucet; while it is open you have to write.
Jean Anouilh Category: Poetry
Do you know Considering the market there are more Poems produced than any other thing? No wonder poets sometimes have to seem So much more businesslike than businessmen. Their wares are so much harder to get rid of.
Robert Frost Category: Poetry
Painting is silent poetry and poetry is painting that speaks.
Plutarch Category: Poetry
There is no mistake so great as that of being always right.
Samuel Butler the Younger Category: Poetry
He who would not be frustrate of his hope to write well hereafter in laudable things ought himself to be a true poem.
John Milton Category: Poetry
We all write poems; it is simply that the poets are the ones who write in words.
John Fowles Category: Poetry
What is poetry? The suggestion by the imagination of noble grounds for the noble emotions.
John RUSKIN Category: Poetry
Wine is bottled poetry.
Robert Louis Stevenson Category: Poetry
We have more than we use.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Category: Poetry
The vision and the faculty divine; Yet wanting the accomplishment of verse.
William Wordsworth Category: Poetry
By poetry we mean the art of employing words in such a manner as to produce an illusion on the imagination; the art of doing by means of words what the painter does by means of colors.
Lord Thomas Babington Macaulay Category: Poetry
One merit of mathematics few will deny: it says more in fewer words than any other science. The formula e^iπ = -1 expressed a world of thought of truth of poetry and of the religious spirit God eternally geometrizes.
David Eugene Smith Category: Poetry