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Brian Harris Quotes

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

The failure of Socialism since 1945 is that whilst encouraging us all,
the creators of wealth, to produce less through strikes,
it has caused us all to demand a higher level of our own product.
- Brian Harris

To be born in Wales, not with a silver spoon in your mouth,
but, with music in your blood and with poetry in your soul,
is a privilege indeed.
- Brian Harris

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anthropologists are a connecting link between poets and scientists;
though their field-work among primitive peoples has
often made them forget the language of science.
- Robert Graves

But the West did not last long enough.
Its folk myths and heroes became stage properties of
Hollywood before the poets had begun to get to work on them.
- Christopher Dawson

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

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

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

I was at a benefit for some imprisoned students in
the '60s at San Francisco State,
and there were lots of poets reading for the benefit:
one was Elizabeth Bishop.
- Thom Gunn

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

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

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

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

Till now poets were privileged to insert a certain proportion of nonsense -
very far in excess of one-half of one per cent -
into their otherwise sober documents.
- John C. Ransom

My sisters were going out with artists and poets,
and eventually it was the creative world which attracted me.
- Luc Ferrari

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

The poets' scrolls will outlive the monuments of stone.
Genius survives; all else is claimed by death.
- Edmund Spenser

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

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

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

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

Poets wish to profit or to please.
- Horace

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

It is strange, how quickly people want to obligate their poets,
as it were, on the exile.
- Peter Bichsel

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 are born, not paid.
- Addison Mizner

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

Poets, we know, are terribly sensitive people,
and in my observation one of the things they are most
sensitive about is money.
- Robert Penn Warren

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

Southern poets are still writing narrative poems,
poems in forms, dramatic poems.
- Robert Morgan

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

The most important thing for poets to do is to write as little as possible.
- T. S. Eliot

All poets' wives have rotten lives Their husbands look at them like knives.
- Delmore Schwartz

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

Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is
bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables.
Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder.
- Thomas Aquinas

Poets are Damned...
but See with the Eyes of Angels.
- Allen Ginsberg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

America may have great poets and novelists,
but she never will have more than one necromancer.
- Rebecca H. Davis

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

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

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

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

It's easy to understand why the most beautiful poems
about England in the spring were written by poets living in Italy at the time.
- Philip Dunne

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

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

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

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

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

I decided that it was not wisdom that
enabled poets to write their poetry,
but a kind of instinct or inspiration,
such as you find in seers and prophets
who deliver all their sublime messages
without knowing in the least what they mean.
- Socrates


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