Poetry Quotes

Marriage: a book of which the first chapter is written in poetry and the remaining chapters in prose.
Beverly Nichols
Wine is bottled poetry.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings.
William Wordsworth
A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Ralph waldo emerson - the adventitious beauty of poetry may be felt in...
Socrates, in

Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting with the gift of speech.
Simonides
Percy bysshe shelley - poetry is the record of the best and happiest...
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
Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers.
Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Yevtushenko
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 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
I know that poetry is indispensable, but to what I could not say.
Jean Cocteau
The office of poetry is not to make us think accurately, but feel truly.
Frederick William Robertson
Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat.
Robert Frost
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
The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life.
Jean Giraudoux
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
If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed 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.
Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.
Kahlil Gibran
There are two ways of disliking poetry; one way is to dislike it, the other is to read Pope.
Oscar Wilde
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
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
In general, in poetry and literature, I am among those people who believe that too much is indispensable.
Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Yevtushenko
Poetry should please by a fine excess and not by singularity. It should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost as a remembrance.
John Keats
There is no money in poetry, but then there is no poetry in money either.
Robert Graves
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
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
Adjectives are the potbelly of poetry.
R. Z. Sheppard, book critic
Thinking in its lower grades, is comparable to paper money, and in its higher forms it is a kind of poetry.
Havelock Ellis
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
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
Poetry is the lava of the imagination whose eruption prevents an earthquake.
Lord Byron