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Laura Riding Quotes and Sayings
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To a poet the mere making of a poem can seem to solve the problem of truth,
but only a problem of art is solved in poetry.
- Laura Riding

There can be no literary equivalent to truth.
- Laura Riding

I am the poet of my mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am the poet of my mind.
I am the painter of my heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.
- David Carradine

As the poet said, 'Only God can make a tree,'
probably because it's so hard to figure out how to get the bark on.
- Woody Allen

A poet's work is to name the unnameable,
to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments,
shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.
- Salman Rushdie


 

He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet,
though he has never written a line in all his life.
- George Sand

You don't have to suffer to be a poet;
adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.
- John Ciardi

"Therefore" is a word the poet must not know.
- Andre Gide

There'll always be working people in my poems because I grew up with them,
and I am a poet of memory.
- Philip Levine

God is the perfect poet.
- Robert Browning

Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet
believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

The poet may be used as a barometer,
but let us not forget that he is also part of the weather.
- Lionel Trilling

The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.
- Jean Cocteau

A true poet does not bother to be poetical.
Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.
- Jean Cocteau

A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.
- Wallace Stevens

To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.
- Robert Frost

A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.
- W. H. Auden

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.
- Plato

Each memorable verse of a true poet has two or three
times the written content.
- Alfred de Musset

A film is never really good unless the camera is an
eye in the head of a poet.
- Orson Welles

Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the
poet spends his life patiently trying to untie.
- Jean Cocteau

Whatever poet, orator or sage may say of it,
old age is still old age.
- Sinclair Lewis

The poet doesn't invent.
He listens.
- Jean Cocteau

The poet is one who is able to keep
the fresh vision of the child alive.
- Anais Nin

Always be a poet, even in prose.
- Charles Baudelaire

Death most resembles a prophet who is without honor
in his own land or a poet who is a stranger among his people.
- Khalil Gibran

A poet can survive everything but a misprint.
- Oscar Wilde

Married or unmarried, young or old, poet or worker,
you are still a dreamer, and will one time know,
and feel, that your life is but a dream.
- Donald G. Mitchell

A poet's autobiography is his poetry.
Anything else is just a footnote.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

A sculptor is a person who is interested in the shape of things,
a poet in words, a musician by sounds.
- Henry Moore

My role in society, or any artist's or poet's role,
is to try and express what we all feel.
Not to tell people how to feel.
Not as a preacher, not as a leader,
but as a reflection of us all.
- John Lennon

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened. Don't open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
- Rumi (Persian poet 1207-1273)

Each day provides it's own gifts.
- Martial (Roman Poet)

When the theater gates open, a mob pours inside,
and it is the poet's task to turn it into an audience.
- Franz Grillparzer

The poet's perfect expression is the token of a perfect experience;
what he says in the best possible way he has felt in the best possible way,
that is, completely.
- John Drinkwater

The poet begins where the man ends.
The man's lot is to live his human life,
the poet's to invent what is nonexistent.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

For sure I once thought of myself as the poet who would
save the ordinary from oblivion.
- Philip Levine

The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman
to a rose was obviously a poet;
the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot.
- Salvador Dali

Being Poet Laureate made me realize I was capable of a larger voice.
There is a more public utterance I can make as a poet.
- Rita Dove

No bad man can be a good poet.
- Boris Pasternak

For a long time I thought I was a poet,
but that's a high title to claim.
- Philip Pullman

The talent of a true writer and poet is in the ear.
- Bryant H. McGill

Every great architect is - necessarily - a great poet.
He must be a great original interpreter
of his time, his day, his age.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

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

We are not concerned with the very poor.
They are unthinkable, and only to be approached by
the statistician or the poet.
- E. M. Forster

Theodore Roethke was a poet I was raised with so he
has a lot of sentimental value for me.
- Krist Novoselic

I think a poet, like a painter, should be a craftsperson.
- Anne Stevenson

No poet or novelist wishes he were the only one who ever lived,
but most of them wish they were the only one alive,
and quite a number fondly believe their wish has been granted.
- W. H. Auden

When it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry.
The poet, too, is not nearly so concerned with describing
facts as with creating images.
- Niels Bohr

Dream study impacts culture.
We are put in touch with the inner poet who dreams.
We hear our inner, subjective response to the outer world.
That helps spiritualize our lives.
- Henry Reed

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

When the poet makes his perfect selection of a word,
he is endowing the word with life.
- John Drinkwater

Perhaps no person can be a poet, or even enjoy poetry,
without a certain unsoundness of mind.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

We all know here that the law is the most powerful
of schools for the imagination.
No poet ever interpreted nature as freely as a lawyer interprets the truth.
- Jean Giraudoux

The writer of prose can only step aside when the poet passes.
- W. Somerset Maugham

What is a poet? An unhappy person who conceals profound
anguish in his heart but whose lips are so formed that
as sighs and cries pass over them they sound like beautiful music.
- Soren Kierkegaard

A great poet is the most precious jewel of a nation.
- Ludwig van Beethoven

A poet's cultural baggage and erudition can interfere with a poem.
- Douglas Dunn

I consider myself a poet first and a musician second.
I live like a poet and I'll die like a poet.
- Bob Dylan

Of course, you would have to be insane to hope your
child grows up to be a playwright or poet.
Given the odds, you would have to be quite cavalier
about your children's future.
- Mark Helprin

These impossible women!
How they do get around us!
The poet was right: Can't live with them,
or without them.
- Aristophanes

When Robert Frost was alive, I was known as the other new England poet,
which is to be barely known at all.
- Howard Nemerov

And muse on Nature with a poet's eye.
- Thomas Campbell

There is another old poet whose name I do not now remember
who said, "Truth is the daughter of Time."
- Abraham Lincoln

A great actor is independent of the poet,
because the supreme essence of feeling does not reside in prose or in verse,
but in the accent with which it is delivered.
- Lee Strasberg

You do not become a critic until it has been completely
established to your own satisfaction that you cannot be a poet.
- Theophile Gautier

To decide to become a philosopher seemed as foolish
to me as to decide to become a poet.
- Karl Jaspers

In the hands of a great poet, words have ways of affecting
us in ways we don't understand.
- Kenneth Branagh

Thus, the poet's word is beginning to strike forcefully
upon the hearts of all men,
while absolute men of letters think that they alone live in the real world.
- Salvatore Quasimodo


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