Poetry Quotes

Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers.
Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Yevtushenko
Anybody who has listened to certain kinds of music, or read certain kinds of poetry, or heard certain kinds of performances on the concertina, will admit that even suicide has its brighter aspects.
Stephen Leacock, 1912

The cloning of humans is on most of the lists of things to worry about from Science, along with behaviour control, genetic engineering, transplanted heads, computer poetry and the unrestrained growth of plastic flowers.
Lewis Thomas
Peter brodie - what is important - what lasts - in another...
We pass the word around; we ponder how the case is put by different people, we read the poetry; we meditate over the literature; we play the music; we change our minds; we reach an understanding. Society evolves this way, not by shouting each other down, but by the unique capacity of unique, individual human beings to comprehend each other.
Lewis Thomas, The Medusa and the Snail (1979)
Virginia - some people go to priests others to poetry i to...

It is written on the arched sky It looks out from every star It is the poetry of Nature It is that which uplifts the spirit within us.
John Ruskin
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, In "Apology, " sct. 21, by Plato.
Wine is bottled poetry.
Robert Louis Stevenson
The process of preparing programs for a digital computer is especially attractive, not only because it can be economically and scientifically rewarding, but also because it can be an aesthetic experience much like composing poetry or music.
Donald E. Knuth
I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry that is prose words in their best order - Poetry the best words in the best order.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
John keats - poetry should please by a fine excess and not by...
Poetry is the utterance of deep and heartfelt truth. The true poet is very near the oracle.
Edward Hubbell Chaplin
Courtly love - Poetry may first have been written during long periods of abstinence on the Crusades, but it would not have flourished in the cold of northern Europe without some help from the chimney.
James Burke
The office of poetry is not to make us think accurately, but feel truly.
Frederick William Robertson
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.
John Adams
There are two ways of disliking poetry; one way is to dislike it, the other is to read Pope.
Oscar Wilde
There is no money in poetry, but then there is no poetry in money either.
Robert Graves
Poetry is the language in which man explores his own amazement.
Christopher Fry
The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life.
Jean Giraudoux
The greatest poem is not that which is most skillfully constructed, but that in which there is the most poetry.
L. Schefe
The adventitious beauty of poetry may be felt in the greater delight with a verse given in a happy quotation than in the poem.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
In general, in poetry and literature, I am among those people who believe that too much is indispensable.
Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Yevtushenko
Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
T. S. Eliot
You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose.
Mario Cuomo
The peril of every fine faculty is the delight of playing with it for pride. Talent is commonly developed at the expense of character, and the greater it grows, the more is the mischief. Talent is mistaken for genius, a dogma or system for truth, ambition for greatest, ingenuity for poetry, sensuality for art.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Poetry is what gets lost in translation.
Robert Frost
I take as metaphysical poetry that in which what is ordinarily apprehensible only by thought is brought within the grasp of feeling, or that in which what is ordinarily only felt is transformed into thought without ceasing to be feeling.
T. S. Eliot
Any healthy man can go without food for two days - But not without poetry.
Charles Baudelaire
Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people.
Adrian Mitchell
The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than Man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, is to be found in mathematics as surely as in poetry.
Bertrand Russell
Poetry is to hold judgment on your soul.
Henrik Ibsen, Norweigen Playwright
Any healthy man can go without food for two days - - But not without poetry.
Charles Baudelaire
Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.
Kahlil Gibran
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.
Emily Dickinson
All slang is a metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.
G. K. Chesterton, Defendant (1901)
Sooner of later that which is now life shall be poetry, and every fair and manly trait shall add a richer strain to the song.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history.
Plato
Thinking in its lower grades, is comparable to paper money, and in its higher forms it is a kind of poetry.
Havelock Ellis
Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings.
William Wordsworth