Poet Quotes

D. Antoinette Foy

Love is wind for the soul

Jess C. Scott

Maybe you could be mine / or maybe we’ll be entwined / aimless in this sexless foreplay.

Dorianne Laux

We aren't suggesting that mental instability or unhappiness makes one a better poet, or a poet at all; and contrary to the romantic notion of the artist suffering for his or her work, we think these writers achieved brilliance in spite of their suffering, not because of it.

Laura Goode

Use all the ugliness you’re feeling to make something beautiful

Arti Honrao

I do not write poetry; I take words and dip them in feelings.

Philip Larkin

There is bad in all good authors: what a pity the converse isn't true!

Philip Larkin

Saki says that youth is like hors d'oeuvres: you are so busy thinking of the next courses you don't notice it. When you've had them, you wish you'd had more hors d'oeuvres.

Laura Goode

If I’m writing, at least I don’t feel as paralyzed.

Alexander Pope

Music resembles poetry, in each
Are nameless graces which no methods teach,
And which a master hand alone can reach.

Virginia Woolf

Now begins to rise in me the familiar rhythm; words that have lain dormant now lift, now toss their crests, and fall and rise, and falls again. I am a poet, yes. Surely I am a great poet.

Munia Khan

A chronic poet should always be an inveterate nature-lover.


The reason is that they utter these words of theirs not by virtue of a skill, but by a divine power - otherwise, if they knew how to speak well on one topic thanks to a skill, they would know how to speak about every other topic too.

Raghad Khalil

as kids we counted on our fingers, as we grew up we started counting more on people, now what do you think was more disappointing?

Anne Carson

I will not stop singing
the Muses who set me dancing.

Michael Bassey Johnson

If you were destined to be a poet, then you won't brainstorm for lines that rhymes.
If you were destined to be a poet, then you won't brainstorm for lines that rhymes. If you were destined to be a celebrity, then you shouldn't start searching for fans. If you are truly a god, then let others worship you!

Charlotte Eriksson

And this is what being an artist means, being a poet? To sacrifice yourself for your art, sacrifice your heart for your art, because it’s only through something broken that something beautiful can grow.

D. Antoinette Foy

I am in awe of flowers.
Not because of their colors,
but because even though they
have dirt in their roots,
they still grow.
They still bloom.

D. Antoinette Foy

My heart's scripture tastes
foreign in the mouths of
cowards and on the tongues of
those who have never breathed in
the moon and breathed out the world.

Álvaro De Campos

Superior poets say what they really feel. Mediocre poets say what they decide to feel. Inferior poets say what they think they should feel.

D. Antoinette Foy

I wear the universe backwards.
I imagine putting stars in my
coffee, and sugar in the sky.
I imagine going fishing in clouds,
and watching the sun hide
behind lakes. I'm too busy dancing
with my imagination to even tip toe
with reality for a second.

They say I'm going mad.
They're right.

D. Antoinette Foy

The core of your
true self
is never lost.
Let go of all the
pretending and
the becoming
you've done just
to belong.
Curl up with your
rawness and come home.
You don't have to
find yourself;
you just have to
let yourself in.

D. Antoinette Foy

The sky never falls with the rain.
It is never weighed down by all that
it carries. It takes all of its anchors
and turns them into stars.
Learn from this.

D. Antoinette Foy

Take each day in your open palms and close your fists around it. This life is not done with you yet.

D. Antoinette Foy

What is the finding of love,
but a voice answering a voice?

D. Antoinette Foy

Life is so beautiful and so short
that anything that makes me feel
less than too much is nothing at all.

Carol Hovsepian

Write as an audience member. Write what you want to see, feel and hear.

D. Antoinette Foy

Your flesh is not a reflection of your soul. So when you look in the mirror, remember that your light outshines your flaws.

Ian Fleming

I am a poet in deeds-not often in words.

Lenore Kandel

Whatever is language is poetic language and if the word required by the poet does not exist in his known language then it is up to him to discover it.

Eric Gamalinda

He was a poet -oh all men are when they're in love.

Thomas Aquinas

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.

Mary Karr

it was dawning on me how uphill a poet's path was, and I confessed to her that if I had to be the choice between being happy or being a poet, I'd choose to be happy.

Rabih Alameddine

Fate would never permit happiness to a man of such talent-
a content poet is a mediocre one, a happy poet is insufferable.

Nora Roberts

He wanted to be a poet,' someone else put in while Maggie hugged Tim and patted his back. 'Said he'd only lacked the words to be one.

Bazil Patel

The most magical thing I have come across is a beautiful face with a beautiful heart
The most magical thing I have come across is a beautiful face with a beautiful heart and it's you❤ ❤

Archibald MacLeish

And here face down beneath the sun
And here upon earth's noonward height
To feel the always coming on
The always rising of the night


God takes away the minds of poets, and uses them as his ministers, as he also uses diviners and holy prophets, in order that we who hear them may know them to be speaking not of themselves who utter these priceless words in a state of unconsciousness, but that God himself is the speaker, and that through them he is conversing with us.


God would seem to indicate to us and not allow us to doubt that these beautiful poems are not human, or the work of man, but divine and the work of God; and that the poets are only the interpreters of the Gods...

Rick Riordan

You might as well ask an artist to explain his art, or ask a poet to explain his poem. It defeats the purpose. The meaning is only clear thorough the search.

Allen Ginsberg

Democracy! Bah! When I hear that I reach for my feather boa!

Allen Ginsberg

If I had a soul I sold it
for pretty words
If I had a body I used
it up spurting my essence

Allen Ginsberg warns you
dont follow my path
to extinction

Walt Whitman

I act as the tongue of you,
... tied in your mouth . . . . in mine it begins to be loosened.

Lang Leav

She lends her pen,
to thoughts of him,
that flow from it,
in her solitary.

For she is his poet,
And he is her poetry.

George Eliot

To be a poet is to have a soul so quick to discern, that no shade of quality escapes it, and so quick to feel, that discernment is but a hand playing with finely-ordered variety on the chords of emotion-a soul in which knowledge passes instantaneously into feeling, and feeling flashes back as a new organ of knowledge.

Luke Davies

I will meet you on the nape of your neck one day, on the surface of intention, word becoming act.
We will breathe into each other the high mountain tales, where the snows come from, where the waters begin.”
-In the yellow time of pollen

Omar Khayyam

Wake! For the Sun, who scatter'd into flight
The Stars before him from the Field of Night,
Drives Night along with them from Heav'n,
and strikes
The Sultan's Turret with a Shaft of Light

Dorianne Laux

Every good poem asks a question, and every good poet asks every question.

Melissa Lee-Houghton

I do not write to you, but of you,/because the paper that we write on/is our perishable skin.

Rainer Maria Rilke

we want it visible
to show
when even the most
visible joy
will reveal itself
only when we have
transformed it within.

there’s nowhere, my love, the
world can exist
expect within.

Richelle E. Goodrich

A poet is simply an artist whose medium is human emotions.  A poet chisels away at our own sensibilities, shaping our vision while molding our hearts.  A poet wraps words around our own feelings and presents them as fresh gifts to humanity.

Philip Larkin

I feel the only thing you can do about life is to preserve it, by art if you're an artist, by children if you're not.

Philip Larkin

Everyone should be forcibly transplanted to another continent from their family at the age of three.

Nate Spears

Live for everything, or die for nothing

Nate Spears

No thought is a stupid thought, those who are thoughtless are thought of as stupid.

Alysha Speer

When a poet settled down to write a poem, could he foresee the lines he would write? Did his head constantly spin with riddles and rhymes and was his only job to put them down? What if he couldn’t get them to make sense, and no one, not even the person he cared for most, could have pleasure in reading it? What would he do?

E.B. White

A poet dares be just so clear and no clearer... He unzips the veil from beauty, but does not remove it. A poet utterly clear is a trifle glaring.

Michele Brenton

Poetry is not an art, it's a symptom.

Oscar Sparrow

Poetry is the whispering of a truth by the shouting of the best possible lies

Melissa Lee-Houghton

ink marks the page/where you execute your will like a doe announcing an/ox-stern mate with a single, bleary blink.

Nate Spears

Any hand can condem, but it takes a helping hand to build.

Charlotte Eriksson

Some people make you want to be a better person, and that, for me, is the purest form of love.

Sara Jones

When you told me I didn't love you
I simply thought how would you know
For I remembered the spaces between your fingers
And the crease between your eyes
How dare you tell me
I never thought of you as mine.

Tsegaye Gebre Medhin

I crave for knowledge. I envy tolerant, peaceful folks. I am frightened by ignorance. I loathe violence.


For the poet is a light and winged and holy thing, and there is no invention in him until he has been inspired and is out of his senses, and the mind is no longer in him: when he has not attained to this state, he is powerless and is unable to utter his oracles.

Lori Jenessa Nelson

You cannot deny the struggle; the struggle denies you.


A poet, you see, is a light thing, and winged and holy, and cannot compose before he gets inspiration and loses control of his senses and his reason has deserted him.

Oksana Rus

I am the Constellation of my own

Arzum Uzun

In this story
I am the poet
You're the poetry.

Gayle Forman

That happens a lot with Shakespeare. The women go after what they want; the men wind up suckered into things.

Oscar Wilde

There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book.
Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.

Dave Matthes

Hemingway is overrated,
Twain is even more lost at sea,
And all truths point to the mouth of a woman,
Where both her whispers and her screams,
Are born.
Pour another glass,
Beer, wine, whiskey,
I don't care,
So long as its wisdom is sharp,
And it tells lies instead of promises.

Sylvia Plath

Seré una de las pocas poetisas en el mundo completamente feliz de ser mujer, no una de esas amargadas y frustradas, retorcidas imitadoras de hombres, que en su mayoría acaban destrozadas

Oksana Rus

In the coastal strains of music full of lovers hopes and dreams upon, wearing only warmth, fresh scent of the ocean and delightfully joyous smile...I look deep in your dark gloomy ochi 'cross the oceans and lands between us, am aware by sweet memories your heart is tortured...and you are for eternity mine...

Rainer Maria Rilke

for sometime now I have believed that it is our own force, all our own force that is still too great for us. It is true that we do not know it; but is it not just that which is most our own of which we know the least?

Pietros Maneos

All that really matters is
to feel alive,
if only for a single moment –
to feel in Intense Sensation
that our existence is not an endless repetition
of sleeping, eating, drinking, and dressing.

Dave Matthes

In the hours waking,
when we're still all still,
and you can hear the floorboards creaking,
and you can feel the shades blow in,
the night we slept with,
we'll never kiss like that again.
Our lips, will sever,
our memories, will dissipate,
and our shadows will be swallowed by the sky.

Oksana Rus

Just take my hand, lead, dance with me...and I will simply follow the blueness of the water, the white waves rolling free...where the earth beneath my feet and stars make my heart whole again...in long and priceless moments of shared solitude...

Oksana Rus

The serenity of the lulling ocean is a wondrous thing to behold..more precious than the gems coveted and covered in platinum or gold...

Joseph Devlin

There is an old Latin quotation in regard to the poet which says 'Poeta nascitur non fit' the translation of which is - the poet is born, not made.

Delano Johnson

I looked at an angel today, but the angel could not see me. The angel was more amazing than beautiful, like the best forgotten dream.

Delano Johnson

A good woman comes in all shapes and colors.
When you find her, adore her.

Delano Johnson

I promised her that I would never kiss and tell, but I have to tell someone about my dreams and fairytales. So I’m telling you that I kissed her.

Delano Johnson

I close my eyes to indulge and reminisce of a sunset that never existed.

Delano Johnson

You are my reality, fantasy, daydream, fairytale, music, more than the princess in Cinderella; you are much more than a traditional myth.

Delano Johnson

If I cannot fix your broken heart can I put mine in its place, because these stars are not enough, and all the money in the world does not equal your worth.

Delano Johnson

Romance her, enhance her, desire her, put her first.

Delano Johnson

I must find you. So I travel to the depths of hell and conquer perverse monsters and repulsive demons and the deceitful vicious devil himself to find the truth.

Delano Johnson

Honor a good woman because she is virtuous and honorable.

Delano Johnson

Impulsive passion please set me free.

Delano Johnson

Creation of a pregnant imagination.

Delano Johnson

The beauty of words will forever be stronger than the silence of tears.

Delano Johnson

We simply can’t feel fulfilled by love we pay for.

Delano Johnson

Joys circular fulfillment was so persistent, when I was weak it gave me strength.

Delano Johnson

Her silhouette never has regrets.

Delano Johnson

Reminiscent of a diamond, she is gifted, privileged, and positioned to glisten.

Delano Johnson

Your love is like star sky showers and magenta unicorns.

Delano Johnson

You are a fantastic scheme of captivating ecstasy.

Delano Johnson

Frequent friction when love becomes political.

Rainer Maria Rilke

Who has not sat before his own heart's curtain? It lifts: and the scenery is falling apart.


...Feel no fear before the multitude of men, do not run in panic,
but let each man bear his shield straight toward the fore-fighters,
regarding his own life as hateful and holding the dark spirits of death as dear as the radiance of the sun.

J.G. Ballard

Maybe you are a poet and a dreamer, but don't you realize that those two species are extinct now?

Piet Hein

After all, what is art? Art is the creative process and it goes through all fields. Einstein’s theory of relativity – now that is a work of art! Einstein was more of an artist in physics than on his violin.
Art is this: art is the solution of a problem which cannot be expressed explicitly until it is solved.

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