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


Poets are born, not paid.
~By Addison Mizner ~


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.
~By Sharon Olds ~


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.
~By Tom Glazer ~


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.
~By Margaret Mitchell ~


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


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


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.
~By Socrates ~


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.
~By Dorothy Fields ~


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


Intellectuals, academics, writers and poets were an important force in the early groups of volunteers. They had the means to get to Spain and were accustomed to travelling, whereas very few workers had left British shores.
~By Bill Alexander ~


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


A Shakespeare could have arisen only on English soil. In the same way, your great dramatists and poets express the nature and essence of the Norwegian people, but they also express that which is universally valid for all mankind.
~By Gustav Stresemann ~


I'm not, by nature, a collaborator. My biggest influences were people like painters and poets. These are solitary workers.
~By 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?
~By Richard P. Feynman ~


Young poets bewail the passing of love; old poets, the passing of time. There is surprisingly little difference.
~By Mason Cooley ~


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


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


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


Whilst in Prussia poets only speak of the love of country as one of the dearest of all human affections, here there is no man who does not feel, and describe with rapture, how much he loves his country.
~By Karl Philipp Moritz ~


All that a critic, as critic, can give poets is the deadly encouragement that never ceases to remind them of how heavy their inheritance is.
~By Harold Bloom ~


If sexual intercourse, as the poets tell us, began in 1963, it was another decade and a half before the American political system began to take notice.
~By Michael Kinsley ~


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.
~By Peter Davison ~


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


At the age of 18 all young poets are sure they will be dead at 21 - of old age.
~By Marguerite Young ~


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


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.
~By Anita Diament ~


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


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.
~By Thomas Aquinas ~


Poets are the only people to whom love is not only a crucial, but an indispensable experience, which entitles them to mistake it for a universal one.
~By Hannah Arendt ~


Poets have to be sensitive to their audience, but it does not mean that they censor themselves. I realise my audience is diverse. Some will read with empathy and curiosity while others will take offense.
~By John Barton ~


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


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


I'm passing on a tradition of which I am part. There's a long line of poets who went before me, and I'm another one, and I'm hoping to pass that on to other younger, or newer, poets than myself.
~By Diane Wakoski ~


The most important thing for poets to do is to write as little as possible.
~By T. S. Eliot ~


Poets and heroes are of the same race, the latter do what the former conceive.
~By Alphonse de Lamartine ~


Artist - musicians, painters, writers, poets, always seem to have had the most accurate perception of what is really going on around them, not the official version or the popular perception of contemporary life.
~By Billy Joel ~


Irish poets, learn your trade, sing whatever is well made, scorn the sort now growing up all out of shape from toe to top.
~By William Butler Yeats ~


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


I feel very connected to poets across the country.
~By John Barton ~


We have to raise the consciousness; the only way poets can change the world is to raise the consciousness of the general populace.
~By Lawrence Ferlinghetti ~


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


The poets are only the interpreters of the Gods.
~By Socrates ~


I think Ginsberg has done more harm to the craft that I honor and live by than anybody else by reducing it to a kind of mean that enables the most dubious practitioners to claim they are poets because they think, If the kind of thing Ginsberg does is poetry, I can do that.
~By James Dickey ~


The cult of individuality and personality, which promotes painters and poets only to promote itself, is really a business. The greater the 'genius' of the personage, the greater the profit.
~By George Grosz ~


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.
~By John C. Ransom ~


He was certainly in a confused state. I used to go and visit him in Callan Park. They were really - to me they were the best poets those two writing in those days but it wasn't very encouraging because, well, they weren't getting far were they?
~By Robert Adamson ~


Science is not addressed to poets.
~By George Henry Lewes ~


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.
~By Bill Cosby ~


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


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.
~By Gabriela Mistral ~


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.
~By James Broughton ~


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


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


I think one of the things that language poets are very involved with is getting away from conventional ideas of beauty, because those ideas contain a certain attitude toward women, certain attitudes toward sex, certain attitudes toward race, etc.
~By Diane Wakoski ~


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


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


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.
~By Carl Sandburg ~


The American public does not know poets exist.
~By James Broughton ~


Rumi, who is one of the greatest Persian poets, said that the truth was a mirror in the hands of God. It fell, and broke into pieces. Everybody took a piece of it, and they looked at it and thought they had the truth.
~By Mohsen Makhmalbaf ~


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


Poets write the words you have heard before but in a new sequence.
~By Brian Harris ~


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


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


Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand.
~By Plato ~


There has been a time on earth when poets had been young and dead and famous - and were men. But now the poet as the tragic child of grandeur and destiny had changed. The child of genius was a woman, now, and the man was gone.
~By Tom Wolfe ~


But the West did not last long enough. Its folk myths and heroes became stage properties of Hollywood before the poets had begun to get to work on them.
~By Christopher Dawson ~


I'm inspired by the poets, so I'm always going to give in that direction, rather than in any other. It's the making of me... and also the downfall of me.
~By Roy Harper ~


In its famous paradox, the equation of money and excrement, psychoanalysis becomes the first science to state what common sense and the poets have long known - that the essence of money is in its absolute worthlessness.
~By Norman O. Brown ~


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.
~By Jim Jarmusch ~


Anthropologists are a connecting link between poets and scientists; though their field-work among primitive peoples has often made them forget the language of science.
~By Robert Graves ~


And if we must educate our poets and artists in science, we must educate our masters, labour and capital, in art.
~By John B. S. Haldane ~


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.
~By Henry Miller ~


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


A lot of young poets today, from what I've heard and experienced, can't get their heads past George W. Bush, and I've heard so many poems about this democracy and this era of politics that I'm kind of bored by it.
~By Amber Tamblyn ~


And some poets are far better read off the page because they're very bad speakers. I'm thinking of one in particular whom I won't name, a good poet, and he reads in such a dry, boring way, your eyes start drooping.
~By Norman MacCaig ~


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.
~By William Wiley ~


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.
~By George Murray ~


I was always interested in French poetry sort of as a sideline to my own work, I was translating contemporary French poets. That kind of spilled out into translation as a way to earn money, pay for food and put bread on the table.
~By Paul Auster ~


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


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.
~By John Barton ~


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


And thus it was that I started to wonder why Robert Burns is so important to us. We have other poets, and other writers, and other heroes, yet we do not afford them the veneration that we afford to Robert Burns.
~By Len G. Murray ~


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


When men and woman die, as poets sung, his heart's the last part moves, her last, the tongue.
~By Benjamin Franklin ~


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


I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is, prose = words in their best order; - poetry = the best words in the best order.
~By Samuel Taylor Coleridge ~


Modesty, tis a virtue not often found among poets, for almost every one of them thinks himself the greatest in the world.
~By Miguel De Cervantes ~


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


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.
~By Robert Morgan ~


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.
~By Thom Gunn ~


When critics are waiting to pounce upon poetic style on exactly the same grounds as if it were prose, the poets tremble.
~By John C. Ransom ~


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


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


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


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.
~By Wislawa Szymborska ~


Poets, in their way, are practical men; they are interested in results.
~By Allen Tate ~


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


Poets, we know, are terribly sensitive people, and in my observation one of the things they are most sensitive about is money.
~By Robert Penn Warren ~


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

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