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Positive Quotes about Poets

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

My favorite poets may not be your bread and butter.
I have more favorite poems than favorite poets.
- Rita Dove

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

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

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

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

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

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.
- Kenneth Koch

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.
- Rita Dove

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.
- Roy Harper

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

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

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

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

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

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.
- William Wiley

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.
- Hannah Arendt

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

Nations are born in the hearts of poets,
they prosper and die in the hands of politicians.
- Muhammad Iqbal

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

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

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

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

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

Poets should ignore most criticism and get on with making poetry.
- Anne Stevenson

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

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

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

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

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

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.
- Robert Graves

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.
- Socrates

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

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

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

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.
- Philip Dunne

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.
- 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.
- Michael Kinsley

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

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

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.
- Anita Diament

I think one ages and one dates.
I tend to have a good deal of difficulty in liking some of the new poets.
- James Laughlin

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

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

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

Lyrics have to be underwritten.
That's why poets generally make poor lyric writers
because the language is too rich.
You get drowned in it.
- Stephen Sondheim

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In our period, they say there is free speech.
They say there is no penalty for poets,
There is no penalty for writing poems.
They say this.
This is the penalty.
- Muriel Rukeyser

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

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

When I began writing, I didn't read any other children's poets...
I didn't want to be influenced until I'd found my own voice.
Now I read them all.
- Jack Prelutsky

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

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

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

Many poets write books.
They'll tell you: Well, I've got my next book,
but there are two poems I need to write,
one about x, one about y. This is a wonder to me.
- Sharon Olds

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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