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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 ~


It's easy to understand why the most beautiful poems about England in the spring were written by poets living in Italy at the time.
~By Philip Dunne ~


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 ~


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 ~


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 ~


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


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


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


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.
~By Alfred Marshall ~


In working on a poem, I love to revise. Lots of younger poets don't enjoy this, but in the process of revision I discover things.
~By Rita Dove ~


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 ~


San Francisco has long been a leader in the arts, nurturing generations of painters, sculptors, poets, novelists, playwrights, film-makers, and performing artists and innovators of every kind.
~By Gavin Newsom ~


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


As soon as war is declared it will be impossible to hold the poets back. Rhyme is still the most effective drum.
~By Jean Giraudoux ~


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


Almost all the noblest things that have been achieved in the world, have been achieved by poor men; poor scholars, poor professional men, poor artisans and artists, poor philosophers, poets, and men of genius.
~By Albert Pike ~


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 ~


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


The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets.
~By Christopher Morley ~


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


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


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.
~By Arthur Wellesley ~


Reviewers are usually people who would have been, poets, historians, biographer, if they could. They have tried their talents at one thing or another and have failed; therefore they turn critic.
~By Samuel Taylor Coleridge ~


She knows more of love than the poets can say, and her eyes offer something that won't go away.
~By Harry Chapin ~


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


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 ~


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 ~


In Russia all tyrants believe poets to be their worst enemies.
~By Yevgeny Yevtushenko ~


Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.
~By T. S. Eliot ~


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


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 ~


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


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


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 ~


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 ~


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.
~By Helen Dunmore ~


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


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


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 ~


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


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 ~


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 ~


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 ~


It is possible that Mount Olympus may have supplied the poets with the hint for saying that Jupiter obtained the kingdom of heaven, because Olympus is the common name both of the mountain and of heaven.
~By Lactantius ~


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


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


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


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


It is quite true, as some poets said, that the God who created man must have had a sinister sense of humor, creating him a reasonable being, yet forcing him to take this ridiculous posture, and driving him with blind craving for this ridiculous performance.
~By David Herbert Lawrence ~


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 ~


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 ~


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.
~By Peter Davison ~


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 ~


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


Modern poets talk against business, poor things, but all of us write for money. Beginners are subjected to trial by market.
~By Robert Frost ~


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 ~


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 ~


The scholars and poets of an earlier time can be read only with a dictionary to help.
~By Carl Sandburg ~


Another one of the old poets, whose name has escaped my memory at present, called Truth the daughter of Time.
~By Aulus Gellius ~


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 ~


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 ~


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.
~By Paul Muldoon ~


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


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


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 ~


Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.
~By Percy Bysshe Shelley ~


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 ~


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


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 ~


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


Poetry is the work of poets, not of peoples or communities; artistic creation can never be anything but the production of an individual mind.
~By Lascelles Abercrombie ~


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


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


Great men are rare, poets are rarer, but the great man who is a poet, transfiguring his greatness, is the rarest of all events.
~By John Drinkwater ~


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


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


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.
~By Eyvind Johnson ~


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 ~


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 ~


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


Poets that lasting marble seek Must come in Latin or in Greek.
~By Edmund Waller ~


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 ~


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


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.
~By Kenneth Koch ~


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


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


Never use the word 'audience.' The very idea of a public, unless the poet is writing for money, seems wrong to me. Poets don't have an 'audience'. They're talking to a single person all the time.
~By Robert Graves ~


The poet's other readers are the ancient poets, who look upon the freshly written pages from an incorruptible distance. Their poetic forms are permanent, and it is difficult to create new forms which can approach them.
~By Salvatore Quasimodo ~


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 ~


Yes, you can feel very alone as a poet and you sometimes think, is it worth it? Is it worth carrying on? But because there were other poets, you became part of a scene. Even though they were very different writers, it made it easier because you were together.
~By Roger McGough ~


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.
~By Thom Gunn ~


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 ~


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 ~


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


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


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


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.
~By David Antin ~


Frost is the most sophisticated of poets.
~By Peter Davison ~


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

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