Quotation Explorer - 'Prose'

A prose that is altogether alive demands something of the reader that the ordinary novel reader is not prepared to give. - T.S. Eliot
Music, when combined with a pleasurable idea, is poetry; music, without the idea, is simply music; the idea, without the music, is prose, from its very definitiveness. - Edgar Allan Poe
If you must write prose or poems, the words you use should be your own. Don't plagiarize or take 'on loan'. There's always someone, somewhere, with a big nose, who knows, who'll trip you up and laugh when you fall. - Morrissey
I don't fire up the prose. I just tell it straight and don't fool around with it. - Raymond Carver
Marriage: a book of which the first chapter is written in poetry and the remaining chapters in prose.
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
RIME, n. Agreeing sounds in the terminals of verse, mostly bad. The verses themselves, as distinguished from prose, mostly dull. Usually (and wickedly) spelled "rhyme." - Ambrose Bierce
I am very pleased you like my stories. They are studies in prose, put for Romance's sake into fanciful form: meant partly for children, and partly for those who have kept the childlike faculties of wonder and joy, and who find simplicity in a subtle strangeness. - Oscar Wilde
The Postmodernists' tyranny wears people down by boredom and semi-literate prose. - Christopher Hitchens
In the story of life, the prologue and epilogue are written by God. Yet the plot has been given to us; therefore we should write the best prose we can. - James D. Maxon
Good prose should be transparent, like a window pane. - George Orwell
I used the word 'prose' in the Trans-Siberian in the early Latin sense of prosa dictu. Poem seemed to me too pretentious, too narrow. Prose is more open, popular. - Blaise Cendrars
A novel is a piece of prose of a certain length with something wrong with it. - Unknown
The trouble with us in America isn't that the poetry of life has turned to prose, but that it has turned to advertising copy.
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
[A]lways get to the dialogue as soon as possible. I always feel the thing to go for is speed. Nothing puts the reader off more than a big slab of prose at the start."(Interview, The Paris Review, Issue 64, Winter 1975) - P.G. Wodehouse
If you have feelings about reading, you feel the rhythm of prose or of a poem like music. It awakens something in your soul and then of course you study, read, you grow up and you begin to understand the message and that is the first step towards understanding life. - María Kodama
...prose unfolds in time; and time contains both obstacles and revelations. Prose develops, the way characters and situations do. It requires a flow. A poem is an instant, lightning across the sky. Prose is before the storm, the storm, after the storm. - Molly Peacock
Poetry creates the myth, the prose writer draws its portrait. - Jean-Paul Sartre
A work of fiction should be, for its author, a journey into the unknown, and the prose should convey the difficulties of the journey. - Anthony Burgess
Prose is architecture and the Baroque age is over. - Ernest Hemingway
My preference is for prose with more silence in it, language that contains more pockets of strangeness. - Anthony Doerr
Just because everybody uses language, that doesn't mean that they can write even tolerable prose. - Stephen Jones
3 P’s are my soulmates: Pain, Prose and Poetry. - Vinita Kinra
Money, which represents the prose of life, and which is hardly spoken of in parlors without an apology, is, in its effects and laws, as beautiful as roses. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose. - Mario Cuomo
Poetry is the language of the soul;Poetic Prose, the language of my heart.Each line must flow as in a song,and strike a chord that rings forever.To me, words are music! - Lori R. Lopez
Always be a poet, even in prose. - Charles Baudelaire
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