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Hypatia:
  • Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fantasies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing. The child mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can he be in after years relieved of them.

  • Verlaine:
  • A poem is really a kind of machine for producing the poetic state by means of words.

  • Vinci da Leonardo:
  • Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”

  • Poussin:
  • Colors in painting are as allurements for persuading the eyes, as the sweetness of meter is in poetry.

  • Sinclair Lewis:
  • Whatever poet, orator or sage may say of it, old age is still old age.

  • Cesar Vallejo:
  • The arts (painting, poetry, etc.) are not just that arts. Eating, drinking, walking are also arts, every act is an art.

  • James Joyce:
  • Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic, is always a revolt against artifice, a revolt, in a sense, against actuality.

  • Paul Eluard:
  • The poet is he who inspires, rather than he who is inspired.

  • Tin Moe:
  • Poetry is my breath; poems are my bread.

  • Juan Jimenez:
  • Literature is a state of culture, poetry is a state of grace, before and after culture.

  • Plato:
  • At the touch of love everybody becomes a poet.

  • Carl Sandburg:
  • I have written some poetry that I don't understand myself.

  • Lucian:
  • Poetry has its particular rules and precepts; and that history is governed by others directly opposite.

  • Leonard Cohen:
  • Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.”

  • Elytis:
  • Poetry should express the apex, should constitute a kind of pioneering outpost in the unexplored area of life

  • Quasimodo:
  • The antagonism between the poet and the politician has generally been evident in all cultures.

  • John Keats:
  • Poetry should surprise by a fine excess and not by singularity, it should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance.

  • Sergei Prokofiev:
  • In my view, the composer, just as the poet, the sculptor or the painter, is in duty bound to serve Man, the people. He must beautify life and defend it. He must be a citizen first and foremost, so that his art might consciously extol human life and lead man to a radiant future.

  • Beethoven:
  • A great poet is the most precious jewel of a nation.

  • Matsuo Basho:
  • Real poetry, is to lead a beautiful life. To live poetry is better than to write it.

  • Quasimodo:
  • Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own

  • Pushkin:
  • Inspiration is needed in geometry, just as much as in poetry.

  • Yukio Mishima:
  • Perfect purity is possible if you turn your life into a line of poetry written with a splash of blood.

  • Boris Pasternak:
  • No bad man can be a good poet.

  • Percy Shelley:
  • Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.

  • Thomas Mann:
  • Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous - to poetry. But also, it gives birth to the opposite: to the perverse, the illicit, the absurd.

  • Carl Sandburg:
  • Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during a moment.

  • Pindar:
  • Whoever knows many things By nature is a poet.

  • Thomas Eliot:
  • Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.

  • Emile Zola:
  • There are two men inside the artist, the poet and the craftsman. One is born a poet. One becomes a craftsman.

  • Nabokov:
  • While the scientist sees everything that happens in one point of space, the poet feels everything that happens in one point of time.

  • Upton Sinclair:
  • Human beings suffer agonies, and their sad fates become legends; poets write verses about them and playwrights compose dramas, and the remembrance of past grief becomes a source of present pleasure - such is the strange alchemy of the spirit.

  • Paul Valery:
  • Poetry is to prose as dancing is to walking.




  • Virginia Woolf:
  • Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends.

  • Sylvia Plath:
  • Poetry, I feel, is a tyrannical discipline. You've got to go so far so fast in such a small space; you've got to burn away all the peripherals.

  • Nabokov:
  • A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist.

  • Hesiod:
  • Potter is jealous of potter, and craftsman of craftsman; and the poor have a grudge against the poor, and the poet against the poet.

  • Carl Sandburg:
  • Poetry is an echo asking a shadow to dance.

  • Octavio Paz:
  • For the Chinese, the Greeks, the Mayans, or the Egyptians, nature was a living totality, a creative being. For this reason, art, according to Aristotle, is imitation; the poet imitates the creative gesture of nature.

  • Salvador Dali:
  • The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot.”

  • Robert Frost:
  • Poetry is about the grief. Politics is about the grievance.

  • Aristophanes:
  • These impossible women! How they do get around us! The poet was right: Can't live with them, or without them.

  • L. Martin King,:
  • If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well

  • John Keats:
  • Poetry should... should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance.

  • Octavio Paz:
  • Poetry, whatever the manifest content of the poem, is always a violation of the rationalism and morality of bourgeois society.

  • Thomas Eliot:
  • Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those we have personality and emotion know what it means to want to escape from these things.

  • Sigmund Freud:
  • Everywhere I go I find that a poet has been there before me.

  • Plutarch:
  • Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.

  • van Gogh,Vincent:
  • Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it.

  • Rilke:
  • If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for to the creator there is no poverty and no poor indifferent place.

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

  • Thomas Eliot:
  • Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.