Poetry Quotes

Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
T. S. Eliot
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.

What is important - what lasts - In another language is not what is said but what is written. For the essence of an age, we look to its poetry and its prose, not its talk shows.
Peter Brodie
Donald e. knuth - the process of preparing programs for a digital...
Poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history.
Plato
Samuel taylor coleridge - poetry the best words in the best order....

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
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
Some people go to priests others to poetry I to my friends.
Virginia
Any healthy man can go without food for two days - - But not without poetry.
Charles Baudelaire
All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.
Oscar Wilde
Martin luther king, jr. - if a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he...
Poetry is certainly something more than good sense, but it must be good sense at all events just as a palace is more than a house, but it must be a house, at least.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Poetry is an orphan of silence. The words never quite equal the experience behind them.
Charles Simic
Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.
Kahlil Gibran
Poetry and progress are like two ambitious men who hate one another with an instinctive hatred, and when they meet upon the same road, one of them has to give place.
Charles Baudelaire
A vein of poetry exists in the hearts of all men.
Thomas Carlyle
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 poetry.
Bertrand Russell
If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven played music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Since the printing press came into being, poetry has ceased to be the delight of the whole community of man; it has become the amusement and delight of the few.
John Masefield
The office of poetry is not to make us think accurately, but feel truly.
Frederick William Robertson
Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers.
Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Yevtushenko
Through and through the world is infested with quantity. To talk sense is to talk quantities, It is no use saying the nation is large - How large? It is no use s aying that radium is scarce - How scarce? You can not evade quantity. You may fly to poetry and music and quantity and number will face you in your rhythms and your octaves.
Alfred North Whitehead
The greatest poem is not that which is most skillfully constructed, but that in which there is the most poetry.
L. Schefe
Poetry cannot be translated; and, therefore, it is the poets that preserve the languages; for we would not be at the trouble to learn a language if we could have all that is written in it just as well in a translation. But as the beauties of poetry cannot be preserved in any language except that in which it was originally written, we learn the language.
Johnson
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 often enters through the window of irrelevance.
M. C. Richards
Good poetry seems too simple and natural a thing that when we meet it we wonder that all men are not always poets. Poetry is nothing but healthy speech.
Henry David Thoreau
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.
Henry David Thoreau
I know that poetry is indispensable, but to what I could not say.
Jean Cocteau
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
Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people.
Adrian Mitchell
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)
Poetry is an art, and chief of the fine arts; the easiest to dabble in, the hardest to reach true perfection.
E. C. Stedman
Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting with the gift of speech.
Simonides
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
Adjectives are the potbelly of poetry.
R. Z. Sheppard, book critic
We have more poets thatnjudges and interpreters of poetry. It is easier to write an indifferent poem that to understand a good one.
Michel de Montaigne
Dream is not a revelation. If a dream affords the dreamer some light on himself, it is not the person with closed eyes who makes the discovery but the person with open eyes lucid enough to fit thoughts together. Dream - A scintillating mirage surrounded by shadows - Is essentially poetry.
Jesse Louis Jackson