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Poets Quotes

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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

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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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Language Poets are writing only about language itself.
The Ashbery poets are writing only about poetry itself.
That seems to me a kind of dead end.
- Robert Morgan

Great men are rare, poets are rarer,
but the great man who is a poet,
transfiguring his greatness, is the rarest of all events.
- John Drinkwater

In every age poets and social reformers have tried
to stimulate the people of their own time to a nobler
life by enchanting stories of the virtues of the heroes of old.
- Alfred Marshall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I wonder what all those Chinese poets sound like in Chinese.
I like their distilled quality.
- Tom Verlaine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In our period, they say there is free speech.
They say there is no penalty for poets,
There is no penalty for writing poems.
They say this.
This is the penalty.
- Muriel Rukeyser

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pound's crazy.
All poets are.
They have to be.
You don't put a poet like Pound in the loony bin.
- Ernest Hemingway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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