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The most important thing for poets to do is to write as little as possible.

T.S. Eliot Quotes

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He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realise.

Oscar Wilde Quotes

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Verse is not written, it is bled; Out of the poet's abstract head. Words drip the poem on the page; Out of his grief, delight and rage.

Paul Engle Quotes

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A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds

Percy Bysshe Shelley Quotes

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The poet ranks far below the painter in the representation of visible things, and far below the musician in that of invisible things.

Leonardo da Vinci Quotes

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The poet and the politician have this in common: their greatness depends on the courage with which they face the challenges of life

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Quotes

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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 Quotes

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A poet is a bird of unearthly excellence, who escapes from his celestial realm arrives in this world warbling. If we do not cherish him, he spreads his wings and flies back into his homeland.

Kahlil Gibran Quotes

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The union of the mathematician with the poet, fervor with measure, passion with correctness, this surely is the ideal

William James Quotes

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As a poet and as a mathematician, he would reason well; as a mere mathematician, he could not have reasoned at all, and thus would have been at the mercy of the Prefect

Edgar Allan Poe Quotes

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Singing and rejoicing, As aye since time began, The dying earth's last poet Shall be the earth's last man.

Alexander Anton von Auersperg ("Anastasius Grun") Quotes , Source: The Last Poet

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Poets are all who love,--who feel great truths, And tell them.

Philip James Bailey Quotes , Source: Festus (sc. Another a a Better World)

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A poet not in love is out at sea; He must have a lay-figure.

Philip James Bailey Quotes , Source: Festus (sc. Home)

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Happy the poet who with ease can steer From grave to gay, from lively to severe. [Lat., Heureux qui, dans ses vers, sait d'une voix legere Passer du grave au doux, du plaisant au severe.]

Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux Quotes , Source: L'Art Poetique (I, 75)

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Poets are sultans, if they had their will: For every author would his brother kill.

Roger Boyle, Baron Broghill and Earl of Orrery Quotes , Source: Prologues, according to Johnson

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Ah, poet-dreamer, within those walls What triumphs shall be yours! For all are happy and rich and great In that City of By-and-by.

Alonzo B. Bragdon Quotes , Source: Two Landscapes

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"There's nothing great Nor small," has said a poet of our day, Whose voice will ring beyond the curfew of eve And not be thrown out by the matin's bell.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Quotes , Source: Aurora Leigh (bk. VII), probably referring to Emerson's "Epigram to History", "There is no great and

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O brave poets, keep back nothing; Nor mix falsehood with the whole! Look up Godward! speak the truth in Worthy song from earnest soul! Hold, in high poetic duty, Truest Truth the fairest Beauty.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Quotes , Source: Dead Pan (st. 39)

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God's prophets of the Beautiful, These Poets were.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Quotes , Source: Vision of Poets (l. 161)

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One fine day, Says Mister Mucklewraith to me, says he. "So! you're a poet in your house," and smiled. "A Poet? God forbid," I cried; and then It all came out: how Andrew slyly sent Verse to the paper; how they printed it In Poet's Corner.

Robert Williams Buchanan Quotes , Source: Poet Andrew (l. 161)

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Poets alone are sure of immortality; they are the truest diviners of nature.

Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, first Baron Lytton Quotes , Source: Caxtoniana (essay XXVII)

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And poets by their sufferings grow,-- As if there were no more to do, To make a poet excellent, But only want and discontent.

Samuel Butler (1) Quotes , Source: Miscellaneous Thoughts

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Ovid's a rake, as half his verses show him, Anacreon's morals are a still worse sample, Catullus scarcely has a decent poem, I don't think Sappho's Ode a good example, Although Longinus tells us there is no hymn Where the sublime soars forth on wings more ample; But Virgil's songs are pure, except that horrid one Being with "Formosum Pastor Corydon."

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) Quotes , Source: Don Juan (canto I, st. 42)

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A Poet without Love were a physical and metaphysical impossibility.

Thomas Carlyle Quotes , Source: Essays--Burns

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Most joyful let the Poet be; It is through him that all men see.

William Ellery Channing Quotes , Source: The Poet of the Old and New Times

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