Quotation Explorer - 'Poet'

For the poet is a light and winged and holy thing, and there is no invention in him until he has been inspired and is out of his senses, and the mind is no longer in him: when he has not attained to this state, he is powerless and is unable to utter his oracles. - Socrates
I believed that I wanted to be a poet, but deep down I just wanted to be a poem. - jaime gil de beidma
Most joyful the Poet be;It is through him that all men see.
By listening to his language of his locality the poet begins to learn his craft. It is his function to lift, by use of imagination and the language he hears, the material conditions and appearances of his environment to the sphere of the intelligence where they will have new currency. - William Carlos Williams
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! - Michael Bassey Johnson
To be a poet is a love affair, not a desire to dare. - Debasish Mridha
Cosmos and its stars; poet and his poetry! - Mehmet Murat ildan
Give a poet a pen - A. Jarrell Hayes
The poem is the poet, the dreamer the dream. - Marty Rubin
For a poet reality is mysterious, imaginations are magical, and perceptions are magnificent. - Debasish Mridha
O friend unseen, unborn, unknown,Student of our sweet English tongue,Read out my words at night, alone:I was a poet, I was young.Since I can never see your face,And never shake you by the hand,I send my soul through time and spaceTo greet you. You will understand. - James Elroy Flecker
All that we call sacred history attests that the birth of a poet is the principal event in chronology. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
to be a poet meansto live with a permanent wound forever susceptibleto either the shade of the skyor someone's eyes. - Sanober Khan
The inmost spirit of poetry, in other words, is at bottom, in every recorded case, the voice of pain and the physical body, so to speak, of poetry, is the treatment by which the poet tries to reconcile that pain with the world. - Ted Hughes
Not everyone who drinks is a poet. Some of us drink because we're not poets. - Dudley Moore
Just because a poet said something didn't mean it was true, only that it sounded good.
Poetry is the utterance of deep and heartfelt truth. The true poet is very near the oracle.
A poet adds the awe factor to our ordinary perceptions. - Debasish Mridha
A poet dares be just so clear and no clearer... He unzips the veil from beauty, but does not remove it. A poet utterly clear is a trifle glaring. - E.B. White
My heart aches for you! But don't despair! I am persuaded you will come about! Recollect what the poet says! I'm not sure which poet, but very likely it was Shakespeare, because it generally is, though why I can't imagine! - Georgette Heyer
A poet who reads his verse in public may have other nasty habits. - Robert A. Heinlein
A true poet is one who can appreciate the disciplines and structures of any style of poetry.David J Delaney © - David J. Delaney
No poet sings because he must sing. At least no great poet does. A great poet sings because he chooses to sing.
A prose writer gets tired of writing prose, and wants to be a poet. So he begins every line with a capital letter, and keeps on writing prose. - Samuel McChord Crothers
People are always asking me what my lyrics mean. Well I say what any decent poet would say if you dared ask him to analyse his work: if you see it, darling, then it's there. - Freddie Mercury
Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet. - Plato
I am the poet of the poor, because I was poor when I loved; since I could not give gifts, I gave words. - Ovid
If there has been one overriding change in poetic practice, it is that under the influence of free verse the poets have made a primary virtue out of exactitude and economy of meaning: this has replaced metrical skill as the first thing the poet tunes to. - Martin Langford
An ideal scientist thinks like a poet and only later works like a book-keeper. - E. O. Wilson
A poet that reads his verse in public may have other nasty habits.
The poet knows that he speaks adequately, then, only when he speaks somewhat wildly. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you can't be the poet, be the poem. - David Carradine
The mystic sees God in everything; the scientist, atoms; the poet, poetry. - Marty Rubin
I'm not a poet and I know it. - Steph
The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth. - Jean Cocteau
Every poet has his dream reader: mine keeps a look out for curious prosodic fauna like bacchics and choriambs. - W.H. Auden
If life is a poem, be the poet. If life is a story, be the author. If life is an adventure, be the hero. To live any other way is a waste of this experience we call life. - Steve Maraboli
The difference between the poet and the mathematician is that the poet tries to get his head into the heavens while the mathematician tries to get the heavens into his head. - G.K. Chesterton
A poet has to be a bit childlike at heart, and in that sense all the romantic stereotypes about poets being "eternal children", etc, are all accurate. They believe, whatever they may say, that art and words can change the world. - John Thomas Allen
Creativity is contagious. And so is banality. Criticism is an art in itself. Don’t let the dullness around destroy the creativity within. T.S. Eliot said, honest criticism and sensitive appreciation is directed not upon the poet but upon the poetry. Good to remember… - Elif Shafak
A great poet can give wings to abstract thoughts that touch a reader’s mind with the ecstasy of joy. - Debasish Mridha
You don't have to be a poet to express you feelings to her, just say whats in your mind and she will relate. - Unarine Ramaru
The Amorous Shepherd is a fruitless interlude, but those few poems are among the world’s greatest love poems, because they’re love poems about love, not about being poems. The poet loves because he loves, not because love exists. - Álvaro de Campos
If you only write when inspired, you may be a fairly decent poet, but you'll never be a novelist. - Neil Gaiman
The poet is in command of his fantasy, while it is exactly the mark of the neurotic that he is possessed by his fantasy.
Each memorable verse of a true poet has two or three times the written content.
Does a poet create, originate, initiate the thing called a poem, or is his behavior merely the product of his genetic and environmental histories? - B. F. Skinner
Every poem can be considered in two ways--as what the poet has to say, and as a thing which he makes. - C. S. Lewis
It seems to me that the poet has only to perceive that which others do not perceive, to look deeper than others look. And the mathematician must do the same thing. - Sofia Kovalevskaya
A poet is a blind optimist.The world is against him formany reasons. But thepoet persists. He believesthat he is on the right track,no matter what any of his fellow men say. In hiseternal search for truth, thepoet is alone.He tries to be timeless in a society built on time. - Jack Kerouac
it was dawning on me how uphill a poet's path was, and I confessed to her that if I had to be the choice between being happy or being a poet, I'd choose to be happy. - Mary Karr
The object of poetic activity is essentially language: whatever his beliefs & convictions, the poet is more concerned with words than what these words designate. - Octavio Paz
Though the ancient poet in Plutarch tells us we must not trouble the gods with our affairs because they take no heed of our angers and disputes, we can never enough decry the disorderly sallies of our minds. - Michel de Montaigne
I was a poet. I had no expectations other than creating a world of art with words that would live on long after I was gone. - Jason E. Hodges
As the poet said, 'Only God can make a tree' -- probably because it's so hard to figure out how to get the bark on. - Woody Allen
A poet ought not to pick nature's pocket. Let him borrow, and so borrow as to repay by the very act of borrowing. Examine nature accurately, but write from recollection, and trust more to the imagination than the memory. - Samuel Taylor Coleridge
When words don't come easy, I make do with silence and find something in nothing." ~ , Poet - Strider Marcus Jones
The poet cannot invent new words every time, of course. He uses the words of the tribe. But the handling of the word, the accent, a new articulation, renew them. - Eugène Ionesco
When humankind cannot produce a philosopher to speak its mind, it longs for a poet to sing its heart - Subhan Zein
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
while the scientist sees everything that happens in one point of space, the poet feels everything that happens in one point of time. - Vladimir Nabokov
A poet has a sacred duty. He has to hear unsung songs and see unseen beauty. - Debasish Mridha
To the poet, to the philosopher, to the saint, all things are friendly and sacred, all events profitable, all days holy, all men divine. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
I will love you forever" swears the poet. I find this easy to swear too. "I will love you at 4:15 pm next Tuesday" - Is that still as easy? - W.H. Auden
A poet is a silent singer; he sings the deep songs of the soul silently. - Debasish Mridha
Don’t try to fit me in a box… My life is not one dimensional. I’m the summer breeze and the hurricane… I’m the serene lake and the raging ocean… I’m the gentle poet and the rough warrior… Your labels don’t limit me… they limit your experience of me. Don’t confuse the two. - Steve Maraboli
The poet…is the man of metaphor: while the philosopher is interested only in the truth of meaning, beyond even signs and names, and the sophist manipulates empty signs…the poet plays on the multiplicity of signifieds. - Jacques Derrida
Du er ogsaa Kunstnersjæl, Skønaand, en Smagens Mand, et Artistgemyt,en Bohême, en Satan. Men du er ogsaa Poet. Fan ved hva du er altsammen, du er meget spredt. - Knut Hamsun
No poet or novelist wishes he was the only one who ever lived, but most of them wish they were the only one alive, and quite a number believe their wish has been granted. - W.H. Auden
If you can not be a poet, be the poem. - David Carradine
As a writer, a poet, you’re not alone in wanting to be alone. Your work is a friendship that never leaves you. - Jason E. Hodges
The poet judges not as a judge judges but as the sun falling around a helpless thing. - Walt Whitman
MINSTREL, adj. Formerly a poet, singer or musician; now a nigger with a color less than skin deep and a humor more than flesh and blood can bear. - Ambrose Bierce
And those, who come together in the night and are twined in quivering pleasure, are performing a serious work and are heaping up sweetness, depth and force for the song of some coming poet, who will arise to express inexpressible ecstasies - Rainer Maria Rilke
An Eastern poet, Ali Ben Abu Taleb, writes with sad truth, —"He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare,And he who has one enemy shall meet him everywhere. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Every English poet should master the rules of grammar before he attempts to bend or break them. - Robert Graves
A subject for a great poet would be God's boredom after the seventh day of creation. - Friedrich Nietzsche
You don't have to suffer to be a poet - John Ciardi
Fate would never permit happiness to a man of such talent-a content poet is a mediocre one, a happy poet is insufferable. - Rabih Alameddine
Every poet will forever try to write the greatest poem ever written, I have found that this kind of poem can be written with One word. And that word consists of a beauty beyond any measure to man and one of the most beauty creations to grace the presents of man. That one word poem is…….. YOU - Michael Jones
If you cannot be a poet, be the poem. - David Carradine
A poet is a man who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms, to be struck by lightning five or six times. - Randall Jarrell
No man ever truly possesses a woman, anyhow," said Gidas moodily. "He has her body for a time if he's lucky, but only the most fleeting glimpse into her soul." Gidas was a poet, or wanted to be. - Guy Gavriel Kay
You claim to love God, and yet you disobey GodThis is a bizarre way of reasoningSurely, the lover, if his love is true,Is most obedient to the one he loves. - Poet
If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches. - Rainer Maria Rilke
PRISON, n. A place of punishments and rewards. The poet assures us that -- "Stone walls do not a prison make," but a combination of the stone wall, the political parasite and the moral instructor is no garden of sweets. - Ambrose Bierce
Be a poet and write your own unique poetry of life. - Debasish Mridha
You have made me a love poet. - Kamand Kojouri
A poet more than thirty years old is simply an overgrown child. - H. L. Mencken
You might as well ask an artist to explain his art, or ask a poet to explain his poem. It defeats the purpose. The meaning is only clear thorough the search. - Rick Riordan
A Poet never denies creativity entrance. - Micheline Jean Louis
Being a poet one confronts the limitation of language, how can the spirit be revealed under any restrictions. - Mohit.K.Misra
The poet or the story-teller who cannot give the reader a little ghostly pleasure at times never can be either a really great writer or a great thinker. - Lafcadio Hearn
Inside every man there is a poet who died young.
An actor is at most a poet and at least an entertainer. - Marlon Brando
[About describing atomic models in the language of classical physics:]We must be clear that when it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry. The poet, too, is not nearly so concerned with describing facts as with creating images and establishing mental connections. - Niels Bohr
The poet only asks to get his head into the heavens. It is the logician who seeks to get the heavens into his head. And it is his head that splits. - G. K. Chesterton
The artist, and particularly the poet, is always an anarchist in the best sense of the word. He must heed only the call that arises within him from three strong voices: the voice of death, with all its foreboding, the voice of love and the voice of art. - Federico García Lorca
I am an i poet. - E.E. Cummings
No man was ever yet a great poet, without at the same time being a profound philosopher. - Samuel Taylor Coleridge
A poet is a verb that blossoms light in gardens of dawn, or sometimes midnight. - Aberjhani
The poet Mallarmé listened to the painter Degas complaining about his inability to write poems even though he was full of ideas. My dear Degas, Mallarmé responded, poems are not made out of ideas. They’re made out of words. - Stéphane Mallarmé
The courage of the poet is to keep ajar the door that leads into madness. - Christopher Morley
The poet is the sayer, the namer, and represents beauty. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
The poet believed that 'Beauty' first entered the world not at its creation, nor with the first garden, the first sunrise, the birth of the first man and woman and their first sexual act. The poet believed that 'Beauty' entered the world the day the first child blushed. - Roman Payne
To be a poet is to place pleasure, beauty and sensual delights front and centre, it means having a predilection for debauchery. - Nicole Brossard
The poet doesn't invent. He listens. - Jean Cocteau
There exist only three beings worthy of respect: the priest, the soldier, the poet. To know, to kill, to create. - Charles Baudelaire
Welcome young poet, in here you are free to follow your star to where you should be.That door of the library was the door into meAnd Lorca and Shelley said Come to the feast.Whitechapel Library, Aldgate East. - Bernard Kops
A chronic poet should always be an inveterate nature-lover. - Munia Khan
If a man comes to the door of poetry untouched by the madness of the Muses, believing that technique alone will make him a good poet, he and his sane compositions never reach perfection, but are utterly eclipsed by the performances of the inspired madman. - Socrates
[I'm]a freak user of words, not a poet. - Dylan Thomas
The good poet sticks to his real loves, to see within the realm of possibility. He never tries to hold hands with God or the human race.
When in love, every soul becomes a poet. - Lailah Gifty Akita
Poetry is an act of peace. Peace goes into the making of a poet as flour goes into the making of bread. - Pablo Neruda
You don't have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering for anyone. - John Ciardi
God is the world's oldest poet; love is the world's oldest poem. - Matshona Dhliwayo
Be a poet in action as well as in words. - Marty Rubin
A poet must discover that it’s his own story that is true, even if the truth is small indeed. - Jim Harrison
A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist. - Vladimir Nabokov
A poet, any real poet, is simply an alchemist who transmutes his cynicism regarding human beings into an optimism regarding the moon, the stars, the heavens, and the flowers, to say nothing of the spring, love, and dogs. - George Jean Nathan
Genius in general is poetic. Where genius has been active it has been poetically active. The truly moral person is a poet. - Novalis
Someone asked me when is my birthday?The poet inside me replied,"My birthday is on the last day of the year,It's 31st December my dear! - Anamika Mishra
Yet do I marvel at this curious thing: To make a poet black, and bid him sing. - Countee Cullen
Know that there is often hidden in us a dormant poet, always young and alive. - Paul de Musset
A poet, you see, is a light thing, and winged and holy, and cannot compose before he gets inspiration and loses control of his senses and his reason has deserted him. - Plato
The here, the now and the individual have always been the special concern of the saint, the artist, the poet and -- from time immemorial--the woman. - Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Poetry is no rocket science, a good poet writes from his heart! - Saru Singhal
The proof of a poet is that his country absorbs him as affectionately as he has absorbed it. - Walt Whitman
All a poet can do today is warn. - Wilfred Owen
Poetry never makes any money, and so there's no pressure to appeal to an audience. That makes a lot of things about being a poet difficult, but it also means freedom to write whatever you want to write, however you want to write it. - Garth Greenwell
We are not concerned with the very poor. They are unthinkable, and only to be approached by the statistician or the poet. - E.M. Forster
Everything in creation has its appointed painter or poet and remains in bondage like the princess in the fairy tale 'til its appropriate liberator comes to set it free. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Meet everyone with utmost respect and heartfelt love. Sir , POET 2013– Sir - Kristian Goldmund Aumann
There is some awe mixed with the joy of our surprise, when this poet, who lived in some past world, two or three hundred years ago, says that which lies close to my own soul, that which I also had wellnigh thought and said. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
It’s been raining outside and I feel like a sad poet, hating my imagination pissing on the roof. - Munia Khan
In other words, if your boy is a poet, horse manure can only mean flowers to him; which is, of course, what horse manure has always been about. - Ray Bradbury
Many brave men lived before Agamemnon; but all are overwhelmed in eternal night, unwept, unknown, because they lack a sacred poet. - Horace
You will never be alone with a poet in your pocket. - John Adams
I believe that only poetry counts ... A great novelist is first of all a great poet. - François Mauriac
A true poet is one who can appreciate the disciplines and structures of any and all styles of poetry. - David J. Delaney
I do have a funny perception of mine I'd like to share. Being basically a lifetime poet. I've had many people say "I don't like poetry" But they'll listen to song after song that rhymes on the end in couplets Just a thought... - Stanley Victor Paskavich
The artist, depicting man disdainful of the storm and stress of life, is no less reconciling and healing than the poet who, while endowing Nature and Humanity, rejoices in its measureless superiority to human passions and human sorrows.
IMAGINATION, n. A warehouse of facts, with poet and liar in joint ownership. - Ambrose Bierce
Darkness is the womb from which a poet is born. - Ged Thompson Liverpool Poet
Every poet... finds himself born in the midst of prose. He has to struggle from the littleness and obstruction of an actual world into the freedom and infinitude of an ideal. - Thomas Carlyle
Always be a poet, even in prose. - Charles Baudelaire
The poet is much more the one who inspires,than the one who is inspired. - Paul Éluard
Once a poet calls his myth a myth, he prevents the reader from treating it as a reality; we use the word 'myth' only for stories we ourselves cannot believe. - Adam Kirsch
If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not a poet enough to call forth its riches; for to the creator there is no poverty and no poor indifferent place. - Rainer Maria Rilke
...we could think or feel as we wished toward the characters, or as the poet, discounting history, invited us to; we were the poet's guest, his world was his own kingdom, reached, as one of the poems told us, through the 'Ring of Words'... - Janet Frame
To be a poet is a condition, not a profession. - Robert Frost
Nothing fills the world quite as poetry does. A poet need not dwell on the pagecount of his life. - D.A. Botta
Envy won't make you a better poet. - Katerina Stoykova Klemer
The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot. - Salvador Dali
A 21st century poet is a woman who can speak her mind and stand upright like a mountain with her convictions, but can adapt like water in an ever changing season without losing her genuine elements. - Roseville Nidea
Apollinaire said a poet should be 'of his time.' I say objects of the Digital Age belong in newspapers, not literature. When I read a novel, I don’t want credit cards; I want cash in ducats and gold doubloons. - Roman Payne
Maybe you are a poet and a dreamer, but don't you realize that those two species are extinct now? - J.G. Ballard
The poem has a social effect of some kind whether or not the poet wills it to have. It has a kenetic force, it sets in motion...elements in the reader that would otherwise remain stagnant. - Denise Levertov
We all have a god and a poet inside us. The poet, the human; the god, the divine.It is by the grace of our god that we can find the divine inspiration with which to wax poetic about our human experiences. - Michele Jennae
There ain't no money in poetry, that's what keeps the poet free. I've had all the freedom I can stand. - Guy Clark
When you have crush you become nothing but a poet - Sikhwetha maanda stanley
The worst tragedy for a poet is to be admired through being misunderstood. - Jean Cocteau
Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me. - Sigmund Freud
How does the poet transform his banal thoughts (are not most thoughts banal?) into such stunning forms, into beauty? - Joyce Carol Oates
The poet, the artist, the sleuth - whoever sharpens our perception tends to be antisocial... he cannot go along with currents and trends. - Alfred North Whitehead
The poet is a faker / Who's so good at his act / He even fakes the pain / Of pain he feels in fact. - Fernando Pessoa
To become the love of a poet is to become both a muse and an immortal all at the same time. - Jennifer Megan Varnadore
A beautiful woman is a practical poet, taming her savage mate, planting tenderness, hope and eloquence in all whom she approaches. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sir, I admit your general rule, That every poet is a fool, But you yourself may serve to show it, That every fool is not a poet. - Samuel Taylor Coleridge
It is kind of ridiculous that a poet is expected to live in the real world. - Sanober Khan
The poet is the poem. The dreamer is the dream. - Marty Rubin
Such was a poet and shall be and is-who'll solve the depths of horror to defend a sunbeam's architecture with his life: and carve immortal jungles of despair to hold a mountain's heartbeat in his hand. - E.E. Cummings
A poet must need be before his own age, to be even with posterity. - James Russell Lowell
Every poet creates their own universe that looks more beautiful than reality. - M.F. Moonzajer
The history of time is captured by poet, artist, writer, photographer…! - Lailah Gifty Akita
Every kingdom has three pillars: Poet, Sword and Law. - Lara Biyuts
If you should see/a man/walking down a crowded street/ talking aloud/ to himself don't run/in the opposite direction but run toward him/for he is a poet! You have nothing to fear/from a poet but the truth - Ted Joans
Only a few have learned to savor the significance of solitude. Those who can glory in being alone on occasion are the saint or poet or explorer. - William P. Barker
My job as a poet, is not to succumb to despair but to find in words, an antidote for the emptiness of existence. - Michelle Geaney
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