Poets Quotes

Michael Bassey Johnson

As long as music survives, poetry will never die.. Michael Bassey Johnson
As long as music survives, poetry will never die.

Dejan Stojanovic

Say No! Accept the burdens of revenge.. Dejan Stojanovic
Say No! Accept the burdens of revenge.

E.M. Forster

It isn't possible to love and part. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal.

Jess C. Scott

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

Dejan Stojanovic

The same word we love and hate, leaves in different directions, taking different paths.. Dejan Stojanovic
The same word we love and hate, leaves in different directions, taking different paths.

Dejan Stojanovic

The world is God's salvation.. Dejan Stojanovic
The world is God's salvation.

Julian Barnes

Everything you invent is true: you can be sure of that. Poetry is a subject as precise as geometry.

Gustave Flaubert

When one does something, one must do it wholly and well. Those bastard existences where you sell suet all day and write poetry at night are made for mediocre minds – like those horses that are equally good for saddle and carriage, the worst kind, that can neither jump a ditch nor pull a plow.

W.H. Auden

Language is the mother, not the handmaiden, of thought; words will tell you things you never thought or felt before.

Dejan Stojanovic

I wanted to write the most beautiful poem but that is impossible; the world has written
I wanted to write the most beautiful poem but that is impossible; the world has written its own.

Dejan Stojanovic

If we were to understand how important it is to say something and say it well, maybe we wouldn’t write a single word, but that would be tragic.

Dejan Stojanovic

It’s not easy to write a poem about a poem.. Dejan Stojanovic
It’s not easy to write a poem about a poem.

Katerina Stoykova Klemer

Writing poetry is supernatural. Or, it should be.

Marty Rubin

Be a poet in action as well as in words.. Marty Rubin
Be a poet in action as well as in words.

Jenim Dibie

I write to forget the days that broke me into a million nights.

Jenim Dibie

I am the poet, you are the poem; I hold the pen, you are the words, love is the ink, silence is the blank page.

Munia Khan

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

Lisa Washington

GIVING - Applied tithing is so rewarding. When you give away your time, talent, and treasures you create a huge shift in your prosperity consciousness. So start where you are as you reach for where it is you want to be.

Kelli Russell Agodon

and everyone wants to read the poem
we’re afraid to write.

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!

Jenim Dibie

The pen, a double-edged mystery: cuts the writer, heals the reader.

Brandi L. Bates

A writer will divine a metaphor from a pattern on a dress, or a gesture, because sunsets have been done before.

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.

Jacob Nordby

Blessed are the weird people:
poets, misfits, writers
mystics, painters, troubadours
for they teach us to see the world through different eyes.

Brandi L. Bates

Most people don't have real friends. You have people in your life waiting for opportunities to see what YOU can do for them.

Munia Khan

Only the writers can change or fix the past by going back to edit old works

Harley King

What’s the use of writing poetry for your peers? I don’t think I should sell my poetry to other poets. If that’s who my audience is, I’m dead, I’m not going to make any money.

Sara Sheridan

Copywriters, journalists, mainstream authors, ghostwriters, bloggers and advertising creatives have as much right to think of themselves as good writers as academics, poets, or literary novelists.

Dejan Stojanovic

Is it possible to write a poem or are these words just screams of outlaws exiled to the desert?

Dejan Stojanovic

This dwarf still observes the world from his own self-imposed height.

Dejan Stojanovic

All those big words produce disgust today.

Dejan Stojanovic

How many unuttered words died in the heads of those for whom a word was too expensive.

Dejan Stojanovic

Arrival in the world is really a departure and that, which we call departure, is only a return.

Dejan Stojanovic

Eternity is a glorious word, but eternity is ice.

Dejan Stojanovic

Through words to the meaning of thoughts with no words.

Dejan Stojanovic

When the long bygone Lee Po wanted to say something, he could do it with only a few words.

Dejan Stojanovic

The world is a fairy tale; we are its guardians.

Dejan Stojanovic

Real geniuses would like that what we think of ourselves is true.

Dejan Stojanovic

The universe is God's son.

Michael Bassey Johnson

99% of natural poets discovered their talents through love letters.

Denis De Rougemont

What stirs lyrical poets to their finest flights is neither the delight of the senses nor the fruitful contentment of the settled couple; not the satisfaction of love, but its passion. And passion means suffering.

Amit Gupta

Philosophers, Poets and Fools have similar Consciousness

Jane Kenyon

The poet's job is to put into words those feelings we all have that are so deep, so important, and yet so difficult to name, to tell the truth in such a beautiful way, that people cannot live without it.

Dejan Stojanovic

In the essence of truth lies deceit.

Amaka Imani Nkosazana

Poetry is Life. We experience poetry from the time we awake each morning and inhale that fresh breath of air. You are living poetry. Poetry is not defined by the laws of man. Inspiration is the key.

Dejan Stojanovic

Even if you are alone you wage war with yourself.

Dejan Stojanovic

You not only are hunted by others, you unknowingly hunt yourself.

Arthur Schopenhauer

A poet or philosopher should have no fault to find with his age if it only permits him to do his work undisturbed in his own corner; nor with his fate if the corner granted him allows of his following his vocation without having to think about other people.

Dejan Stojanovic

For a game, you don’t need a teacher.

Soren Kierkegaard

A poet is not an apostle; he drives out devils only by the power of the devil.

William Knox

Tis the wink of an eye, 'tis the draught of a breath,
From the blossom of health to the paleness of death,
From the gilded saloon to the bier and the shroud-
Oh! why should the spirit of mortal be proud?

Benny Bellamacina

The life we’re given is on a thread, so wear it well.

Rick Yancey

Poets never die, I thought. They just fail in the end.

Carolyn Kizer

Poets are interested primarily in death and commas.

Ernest Hemingway

I had never known any man to die while speaking in terza-rima

Dejan Stojanovic

Cosmos is God, who whispered the syllable of life.

Dejan Stojanovic

God is a cloud from which rain fell.

Dejan Stojanovic

God is busy and has no time for you.

Dejan Stojanovic

When following God, Zero we never find.

Dejan Stojanovic

Hope without love is hopeless.

Salman Rushdie

A poet's work . . . to name the unnamable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world and stop it from going to sleep.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Poets are shameless with their experiences: they exploit them.

Walt Whitman

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

Pablo Neruda

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.

W.H. Auden

Poetry makes nothing happen.

Greg Bear

Once, poets were magicians. Poets were strong, stronger than warriors or kings - stronger than old hapless gods. And they will be strong once again.

Mary Karr

I'd spent way more years worrying about how to look like a poet - buying black clothes, smearing on scarlet lipstick, languidly draping myself over thrift-store furniture - than I had learning how to assemble words in some discernible order.

Yiannis Ritsos

When there's a moon the shadows in the house grow larger;
invisible hands draw back the curtains,
a pallid finger writes forgotten words on dust
of the piano...

Wendell Berry

Again I resume the long
lesson: how small a thing
can be pleasing, how little
in this hard world it takes
to satisfy the mind
and bring it to its rest.


At the edge of madness you howl diamonds and pearls.

William H. Gass

Freud thought that a psychosis was a waking dream, and that poets were daydreamers too, but I wonder if the reverse is not as often true, and that madness is a fiction lived in like a rented house

Wallace Stevens

A pear should come to the table popped with juice,
Ripened in warmth and served in warmth. On terms
Like these, autumn beguiles the fatalist.

André Breton

The pure playfulness of certain wholly whimsical portions of (Charles) Cros’s work should not obscure the fact that at the center of some of his most beautiful poems a revolver is leveled straight at us.

Gaston Bachelard

We must listen to poets.

Helen Vendler

One could say that artists are people who think naturally in highly patterned ways.

A.E. Housman

Therefore, since the world has still
Much good, but much less good than ill,
And while the sun and moon endure
Luck's a chance, but trouble's sure,
I'd face it as a wise man would,
And train for ill and not for good.

Annie Finch

Criticism is like politics: if you don't make your own you are by default accepting the status quo and are finally yourself responsible for whatever the status quo does to you.

Wallace Stevens

A poem is a meteor.

W.H. Auden

no poet can know what his poem is going to be like until he has written it.

Robert Hass

August is dust here. Drought
stuns the road,
but juice gathers in the berries.

Robert Graves

There’s no money in poetry, but there’s no poetry in money, either

Seamus Heaney

I suppose I'm saying that defiance is actually part of the lyric job

William Edgar Stafford

This dream the world is having about itself
includes a trace on the plains of the Oregon trail,
a groove in the grass my father showed us all
one day while meadowlarks were trying to tell
something better about to happen.

Julio Cortázar

I am talking about the responsibility of the poet, who is irresponsible by definition, an anarchist enamored of a solar order and never of the new order or whatever slogan makes five or six hundred million men march in step in a parody of order.

Yiannis Ritsos

… the fisherman’s daughter grinding serenity in her coffee grinder.

Lucia Perillo

It is ferocious, life, but it must eat . . .

Soren Kierkegaard

A poet is an unhappy being whose heart is torn by secret suffrings, but whose lips are so strangely formed that when the sighs and the cries escape them, they sound like beautiful music. People corwd around the poet and say to him: "Sing for us soon again;" that is as much to say, "May new sufferings torment your soul.

David J. Delaney

A true poet is one who can appreciate the disciplines and structures of any and all styles of poetry.

Annie Finch

the next time you hear someone in a workshop remarking on how good a particular free-verse line or passage sounds, scan it. The odds are that it will fall into a regular metrical pattern.

Kathleen Driskell

I recall that now and I recall everything for what do we have
but the past to parent us?

Annie Finch

. . .criticism is to poetry as air is to a noise: it allows it to be heard; and even if we can't see it or feel it, it is there, shaping how we hear.

Walter Lowenfels

We are all poets, really.


A poet is a verb that blossoms light in gardens of dawn, or sometimes midnight.

Robert Frost

Nor is there wanting in the press
Some spirit to stand simply forth,
Heroic in it nakedness,
Against the uttermost of earth.
The tale of earth's unhonored things
Sounds nobler there than 'neath the sun;
And the mind whirls and the heart sings,
And a shout greets the daring one.

Emma Ghent Curtis

Behold yon rough and flinty road
Where youth, now youth no more,
Gropes whining, seeking crumbs of loaves
He cast away of yore.

Helen Vendler

Each poem leads you to the questions it makes sense to ask it.

Dara Weir

A single wire hanger on a nail by itself
Isn't bad though a stack of them on a floor
Is too gloomy for words.

Lucia Perillo

Because who hasn't tried to pull their arms from the sleeves of gravity's lead coat?
Who doesn't have at least one pair of wax wings out in the garage?

Lucia Perillo

I believe in the fatal hairdo just for the love of saying fatal hairdo.

William Edgar Stafford

Evening came, a paw, to the gray hut by the river.

A.E. Stallings

. . . Orpheus struck dumb with hindsight.

A.E. Stallings

The bats inebriate the sky . . .

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