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Poetry quotes (77)

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

The proof of a poet is that his country absorbs him as affectionately as he has absorbed it.
Walt Whitman   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

Poetry is as exact a science as geometry.
Gustave Flaubert   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

A poet who reads his own verse in public may have other nasty habits.
Robert Anson Heinlein   Category: Poetry

Talent is like a faucet; while it is open you have to write.
Jean Anouilh   Category: Poetry

Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Poetry

If you want to make a song more hummy add a few tiddely poms.
Alan Alexander Milne   Category: Poetry

We have more than we use.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   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

What is poetry? The suggestion by the imagination of noble grounds for the noble emotions.
John RUSKIN   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

Painting is silent poetry and poetry painting that speaks.
Simonides of Ceos   Category: Poetry

If theres no money in poetry neither is there poetry in money.
Robert Ranke Graves   Category: Poetry

Poetry must resist the intelligence almost successfully.
Wallace Stevens   Category: Poetry

I wish you would read a little poetry sometimes. Your ignorance cramps my conversation.
Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins   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

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

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

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

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

Two men look out through the same bars: One sees the mud and one the stars.
Frederick Langbridge   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

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

We have all forgot more than we remember.
Thomas Fuller   Category: Poetry

RIMER n. A poet regarded with indifference or disesteem.
Ambrose Gwinett Bierce   Category: Poetry

Do not kick against the pricks.
Aeschylus   Category: Poetry

One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose.
Francois Voltaire   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 are all who love who feel great truths And tell them; and the truth of truths is love.
Philip James Bailey   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

What man does not understand he fears; and what he fears he tends to destroy.
Unknown   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

Wine is bottled poetry.
Robert Louis Stevenson   Category: Poetry

Poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history.
Plato   Category: Poetry

Ugliness is a point of view: an ulcer is wonderful to a pathologist.
   Category: Poetry

There is no mistake so great as that of being always right.
Samuel Butler the Younger   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

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

Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads.
Marianne Craig Moore   Category: Poetry

Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me.
Sigmund Freud   Category: Poetry

Sad is his lot who once at least in his life has not been a poet.
Lamartine   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

There is no mistake; there has been no mistake; and there shall be no mistake.
Arthur Wellesley 1st Duke of Wellington   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

A poem is never finished only abandoned.
Paul Valery   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

You will not find poetry anywhere unless you bring some of it with you.
Joseph Joubert   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 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

The vision and the faculty divine; Yet wanting the accomplishment of verse.
William Wordsworth   Category: Poetry

Painting is silent poetry and poetry is painting that speaks.
Plutarch   Category: Poetry

We have had triumphs we have made mistakes we have had sex.
George Herbert Walker Bush   Category: Poetry

Byron and Shelley and Keats Were a trio of lyrical treats.
Dorothy Parker   Category: Poetry

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

Prose - words in their best order; Poetry - the best words in their best order.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge   Category: Poetry

Poets lose half the praise they should have got Could it be known what they discreetly blot.
Edmund Waller   Category: Poetry

Protest long enough that you are right and you will be wrong.
Proverb   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

My opinion is that a poet should express the emotion of all the ages and the thought of his own.
Thomas Hardy:   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

The fellow is either mad or he is composing verses. Aut insanit homo aut versus facit
Quintus Horatius Flaccus Horace   Category: Poetry

Poetry can communicate before it is understood.
Thomas Stearns Eliot   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

Anyone may be an honorable man and yet write verse badly.
Jean Baptiste Moliere   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

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 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

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

The worst tragedy for a poet is to be admired through being misunderstood.
Jean Cocteau   Category: Poetry

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

Friends are born not made.
Henry B. Adams   Category: Poetry

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

God hath treasures beneath the Throne the keys whereof are the tongues of poets.
Prophet Muhammad   Category: Poetry