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Here is selection of the finest quotes embed as messages on beautiful images. Beautiful poetry affirmations to read, bookmark and share with your friends and family.

  1. Picture quote by Nina Malkin about wisdom

    The best listeners listen between the lines. ⏤ Nina Malkin

  2. Picture quote by Vincent Van Gogh about nature

    I have nature and art and poetry and if that is not enough, what is? ⏤ Vincent Van Gogh

What are the best poetry quotations?

Below you can read the best quotes about poetry of all times. Some of the top sayings from famous people here to read and remember. Access the best poetry quotations. Top poetry sayings on images and beautiful affirmations. Enjoy and bookmark favorite ones.

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.


I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

Pablo Neruda

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.

Robert Frost

We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time.

T. S. Eliot

Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.

Leonardo da Vinci

I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead; I lift my eyes and all is born again.

Sylvia Plath

Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.

Emily Dickinson

A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.

W. H. Auden

...and then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?

Vincent Van Gogh

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one; Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun; Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood. For nothing now can ever come to any good.

W.H. Auden

Poetry is at least an elegance and at most a revelation.

Robert Fitzgerald

Listen--are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?

Mary Oliver

A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.

Robert Frost

Journalism is concerned with events, poetry with feelings. Journalism is concerned with the look of the world, poetry with the feel of the world.

Archibald MacLeish

Poetry doesn't belong to those who write it, but to those who need it.


Pour yourself into me and I will not let a drop of you hit the ground.

Rudy Francisco

With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion.

Edgar Allan Poe

Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.


A poet is someone who is astonished by everything.


Everything is poetry. It's just a matter of whether or not you can see it.

James Dye

Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.

Carl Sandburg

I have nothing to say, I am saying it, and that is poetry.

John Cage

Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.

Edgar Allan Poe

Poetry is what gets lost in translation.

Robert Frost

Poetry is the journal of a sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the sky.

Carl Sandburg

The completely solitary self: that's where poetry comes from, and it gets isolated by crisis, and those crises are often very intimate also.

Seamus Heaney

Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power. Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words.

Paul Engle

The eye is the notebook of the poet.

James Russell Lowell

Poets and heroes are of the same race, the latter do what the former conceive.

Alphonse De Lamartine

God is the perfect poet.

Robert Browning

Painting was called silent poetry and poetry speaking painting.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Poetry is an act of peace. Peace goes into the making of a poet as flour goes into the making of bread.

Pablo Neruda

Perhaps no person can be a poet, or even enjoy poetry, without a certain unsoundness of mind.

Thomas Babington Macaulay

Writing poetry is the hard manual labor of the imagination.

Ishmael Reed

Poetry implies the whole truth, philosophy expresses only a particle of it.

Henry David Thoreau

Poetry is that art which selects and arranges the symbols of thought in such a manner as to excite the imagination the most powerfully and delightfully.

William C. Bryant

Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.

Leonard Cohen

A poem might be defined as thinking about feelings - about human feelings and frailties.

Anne Stevenson

Cut quarrels out of literature, and you will have very little history or drama or fiction or epic poetry left.

Robert Staughton Lynd

Poetry is the key to the hieroglyphics of nature.

David Hare

No poems can please for long or live that are written by water-drinkers.


The heart can think of no devotion Greater than being shore to the ocean- Holding the curve of one position, Counting an endless repetition.

Robert Frost

The office of poetry is not to make us think accurately, but feel truly.

Frederick William Robertson

You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts.

Kahlil Gibran

If my poetry aims to achieve anything, it's to deliver people from the limited ways in which they see and feel.

Jim Morrison

Poetry puts starch in your backbone so you can stand, so you can compose your life.

Maya Angelou

It was at that age that poetry came in search of me.

Pablo Neruda

Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.


The blood jet is poetry and there is no stopping it.

Sylvia Plath

Truth can never be told so as to be understood, and not be believed.

William Blake

To a poet, silence is an acceptable response, even a flattering one.

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads.

Marianne Moore

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

Mary Oliver

The essence of poetry is will and passion.

William Hazlitt

Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Poetry is above all a concentration of the power of language, which is the power of our ultimate relationship to everything in the universe.

Adrienne Rich

All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was broken, The crownless again shall be king.

J. R. R. Tolkien

Poetry is adolescence fermented, and thus preserved.

Jose Ortega y Gasset

Poetry is about the grief. Politics is about the grievance.

Robert Frost

I was reading the dictionary. I thought it was a poem about everything.

Steven Wright

Poetry proceeds from the totality of man, sense, imagination, intellect, love, desire, instinct, blood and spirit together.

Jacques Maritain

Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.

Don Marquis

Poetry is always slightly mysterious, and you wonder what is your relationship to it.

Seamus Heaney

The poet gives us his essence, but prose takes the mold of the body and mind.

Virginia Woolf

Poetry is either something that lives like fire inside you

F. Scott Fitzgerald

The poet is like the prince of cloudsWho haunts the tempest and laughs at the archer;Exiled on the ground in the midst of jeers,His giant wings prevent him from walking.

Charles Baudelaire

It is as impossible to translate poetry as it is to translate music.


Poetry consists in a rhyming dictionary and things seen.

Gertrude Stein

Listen, real poetry doesn't say anything; it just ticks off the possibilities. Opens all doors. You can walk through anyone that suits you.

Jim Morrison

It does not need that a poem should be long. Every word was once a poem. Every new relationship is a new word.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Poetry is a beautiful way of spoiling prose, and the laborious art of exchanging plain sense for harmony.

Horace Walpole

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

The gross heathenism of civilization has generally destroyed nature, and poetry, and all that is spiritual.

John Muir

Still round the corner there may wait A new road or a secret gate And though I oft have passed them by A day will come at last when I Shall take the hidden paths that run West of the Moon, East of the Sun.

J. R. R. Tolkien

Verses which do not teach men new and moving truths do not deserve to be read.


I don't write poetry with the intention of making someone sad but rather to illustrate my own feelings and ideas.

James Dye

Yet, it is true, poetry is delicious; the best prose is that which is most full of poetry.

Virginia Woolf

Any healthy man can go without food for two days -- but not without poetry.

Charles Baudelaire

Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down.

Robert Frost

The poetry of the earth is never dead.

John Keats

As civilization advances, poetry almost necessarily declines.

Thomas B. Macaulay

To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.

John Ruskin

A person born with an instinct for poverty.

Elbert Hubbard

A poet in history is divine, but a poet in the next room is a joke.

Max Eastman

A poem is never finished, only abandoned.

Paul Ambroise Valery

The poet is the priest of the invisible.

Wallace Stevens

Poetry must have something in it that is barbaric, vast and wild.

Denis Diderot

Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.

Rainer Maria Rilke

The courage of the poets is to keep ajar the door that leads into madness.

Christopher Morley

Poetry is the exquisite expression of exquisite expressions.

Joseph Roux

Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Poetry is a mere drug, Sir.

George Farquhar

Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the poet spends his life patiently trying to untie.

Jean Cocteau

Poetry is the statement of a relation between a man and the world.

Wallace Stevens

Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.

Thomas Gray

The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.

Jean Cocteau

I'm as much influenced by Joseph Smith and the Mormons as I am, more so, than by Eliot. Actually, I'm much more influenced by the poetry of the Mormons.

Marguerite Young

Poetry isn't a profession, it's a way of life. It's an empty basket; you put your life into it and make something out of that.

Mary Oliver

If you read quickly to get through a poem to what it means, you have missed the body of the poem.

M. H. Abrams

Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.

Albert Einstein

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