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If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the Inquisition might have let him alone. (Quote by - Thomas Hardy)

Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world. (Quote by - Percy Byshe Shelley)

Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry. (Quote by - W.B. Yeats)

Therefore is a word the poet must not know. (Quote by - André Gide)

Most joyful let the Poet be, it is through him that all men see. (Quote by - William Ellery Channing)

For there is no heroic poem in the world but is at bottom a biography, the life of a man; also, it may be said, there is no life of a man, faithfully recorded, but is a heroic poem of its sort, rhymed or unrhymed. (Quote by - Thomas Carlyle)

Poets and painters are outside the class system, or rather they constitute a special class of their own, like the circus people and the gypsies. (Quote by - Gerald Brenan)

I grew up in this town, my poetry was born between the hill and the river, it took its voice from the rain, and like the timber, it steeped itself in the forests. (Quote by - Pablo Neruda)

The distinction between historian and poet is not in the one writing prose and the other verse... the one describes the thing that has been, and the other a kind of thing that might be. Hence poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are of the nature rather of universals, whereas those of history are singulars. (Quote by - Aristotle)

To be a poet is a condition, not a profession. (Quote by - Robert Frost)

For it is not metres, but a metre-making argument that makes a poem. (Quote by - Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Popular poets are the parish priests of the Muse, retailing her ancient divinations to a long since converted public. (Quote by - George Santayana)

No poems can please for long or live that are written by water-drinkers. (Quote by - Horace)

There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money, either. (Quote by - Robert Graves)

A poet dares to be just so clear and no clearer; he approaches lucid ground warily, like a mariner who is determined not to scrape his bottom on anything solid. A poet's pleasure is to withhold a little of his meaning, to intensify by mystification. He unzips the veil from beauty, but does not remove it. A poet utterly clear is a trifle glaring. (Quote by - E. B. White)

The courage of the Poet is to keep ajar the door that leads into madness. (Quote by - Christopher Morley)

The smell of ink is intoxicating to me - others may have wine, but I have poetry. (Quote by - Abbe Yeux-verdi)

Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful. (Quote by - Rita Dove)

A poet is an unhappy being whose heart is torn by secret sufferings, but whose lips are so strangely formed that when the sighs and the cries escape them, they sound like beautiful music... and then people crowd about the poet and say to him: "Sing for us soon again;" that is as much as to say, "May new sufferings torment your soul." (Quote by - Soren Kierkegaard)

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

Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat. (Quote by - Robert Frost)

Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits. (Quote by - Carl Sandburg)

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

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words. (Quote by - Robert Frost)

There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing. (Quote by - John Cage)


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