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

Related topics: Poetry

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

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

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

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


 

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

I've had trouble with criticism, I guess.
It's hard to know what role criticism plays in either
encouraging poets or in getting other people to read them.
- Kenneth Koch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I defer to all these other American poets who,
for some reason, I both envy and admire.
- Charles Olson

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

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

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

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

Money is everywhere but so is poetry.
What we lack are the poets.
- Federico Fellini

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

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

Though I may deny poets their monopoly on inspiration,
I still place them in a select group of Fortune's darlings.
- Wislawa Szymborska

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

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

The ancient Greek oral poets all had this anxiety about
the deficiencies of their memories and always began
poems by praying to the Muse to help them remember.
- David Antin

Poets wish to profit or to please.
- Horace

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

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

At this moment, by an undeserved stroke of fortune,
I am the direct voice of the poets of my race and the
indirect voice for the noble Spanish and Portuguese tongues.
- Gabriela Mistral

Obviously one of the things that poets from Northern Ireland and beyond -
had to try to make sense of was what was happening
on a day-to-day political level.
- Paul Muldoon

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

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

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

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

But there is some way in which poets believe that and this is dangerous,
too believe that their calling gives them a certain freedom.
A certain freedom to live in a free way.
- Peter Davison

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

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

People wish to be poets more than they wish to write poetry,
and that's a mistake.
One should wish to celebrate more than one wishes to be celebrated.
- Lucille Clifton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There are very few great poets in the world.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

In the world of poetry there are would-be poets,
workshop poets, promising poets, lovesick poets,
university poets, and a few real poets.
- James Broughton

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

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

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

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

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

While I don't satisfy my curiosity about the way I work,
I'm terribly curious about the way other poets work.
But I would think that's true about many of us.
- Thom Gunn


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