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Alphonse Daudet Quotes

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Poets are people who can still see the world through the eyes of children.
- Alphonse Daudet

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Poets, in their way, are practical men;
they are interested in results.
- Allen Tate

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

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

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

Poets are all who love, who feel great truths,
And tell them; and the truth of truths is love.
- Philip James Bailey

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

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

Lyrics have to be underwritten.
That's why poets generally make poor lyric writers
because the language is too rich.
You get drowned in it.
- Stephen Sondheim

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

Children can write poetry and then, unless they're poets,
they stop when reach puberty.
- Dennis Potter

The American public does not know poets exist.
- James Broughton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I can't look at things in the simple,
large way that great poets do.
- Isaac Rosenberg

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

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

I am what libraries and librarians have made me,
with little assistance from a professor of Greek and poets.
- Heraclitus

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

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

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

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

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

Poets lose half the praise they should have got,
Could it be known what they discreetly blot.
- Edmund Waller

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

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

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

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

Science is not addressed to poets.
- George Henry Lewes

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

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

If poets were realistic, they wouldn't be poets.
- Peter Davison

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

Many poets write books.
They'll tell you: Well, I've got my next book,
but there are two poems I need to write,
one about x, one about y. This is a wonder to me.
- Sharon Olds

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

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

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

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

Maybe the example of Southern fiction writing has been
so powerful that Southern poets have sort of keyed themselves to that.
- Robert Morgan

As soon as war is declared it will be impossible to hold the poets back.
Rhyme is still the most effective drum.
- Jean Giraudoux

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

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

It's difficult to get films made, especially films about poets.
- Dougray Scott

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

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 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

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

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


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