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Poets Quotes

These Motivational Quotes about Poets are dedicated to your career and personal success in life.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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


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

Maybe the example of Southern fiction writing has been
so powerful that Southern poets have sort of keyed themselves to that.
- Robert Morgan

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

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

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

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

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

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

Frost is the most sophisticated of poets.
- Peter Davison

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

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

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

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

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

The poets whom I knew then were all men and all seemed
dauntingly sure of themselves -
although I am sure that really they were as uncertain as I was.
- Helen Dunmore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Poets are all who love, who feel great truths,
And tell them; and the truth of truths is love.
- Philip James Bailey

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

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

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

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

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

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

Poets are born, not paid.
- Addison Mizner

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

Language ought to be the joint creation of poets and manual workers.
- George Orwell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Homer has taught all other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.
- Aristotle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Most poets in their youth begin in adolescent sadness.
I find it more rewarding to end in gladness.
- James Broughton

Many men of science and poets have in their own manner,
by various ways and means, and aided by others,
sought unceasingly to create a more tolerable world for everyone.
- Eyvind Johnson

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


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