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Picture quote by Nina Malkin about wisdom

The best listeners listen between the lines. ⏤ Nina Malkin

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

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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, philosopher

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

Pablo Neruda, writer

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

Robert Frost, poet

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, poet

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

Leonardo da Vinci, artist

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

Emily Dickinson, poet

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

Sylvia Plath, poet

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

W. H. Auden, poet

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

Vincent Van Gogh, painter

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, author

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

Mary Oliver, poet

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

Robert Frost, poet

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, poet

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, poet

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

Edgar Allan Poe, writer

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

Plutarch, philosopher

Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.

Carl Sandburg, poet

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

James Dye,

A poet is someone who is astonished by everything.


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

John Cage, composer

Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.

Edgar Allan Poe, writer

Poetry is what gets lost in translation.

Robert Frost, poet

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

Carl Sandburg, poet

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, poet

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, poet

God is the perfect poet.

Robert Browning, poet

The eye is the notebook of the poet.

James Russell Lowell, poet

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

Pablo Neruda, writer

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

Alphonse De Lamartine, poet

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

Henry David Thoreau, author

Painting was called silent poetry and poetry speaking painting.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet

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, poet

Writing poetry is the hard manual labor of the imagination.

Ishmael Reed, poet

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

Thomas Babington Macaulay, poet

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

Leonard Cohen, musician

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

Frederick William Robertson, clergyman

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

Sylvia Plath, poet

Poetry is the key to the hieroglyphics of nature.

David Hare, playwright

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

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette, novelist

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

Aristotle, philosopher

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

Robert Staughton Lynd, sociologist

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

Kahlil Gibran, artist

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, poet

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

Pablo Neruda, writer

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

Horace, poet

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

Maya Angelou, poet

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

William Blake, poet

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

Jim Morrison, musician

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

Marianne Moore, poet

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

Percy Bysshe Shelley, poet

Poetry is adolescence fermented, and thus preserved.

Jose Ortega y Gasset, philosopher

Poetry consists in a rhyming dictionary and things seen.

Gertrude Stein, author

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

Virginia Woolf, author

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

Voltaire, writer

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

Voltaire, writer

The essence of poetry is will and passion.

William Hazlitt, critic

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

Don Marquis, poet

Poetry is either something that lives like fire inside you

F. Scott Fitzgerald, author

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, painter

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

Jacques Maritain, philosopher

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, novelist

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, poet

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, musician

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, poet

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

Robert Frost, poet

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

Steven Wright, comedian

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, novelist

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

Mary Oliver, poet

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

Horace Walpole, author

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, poet

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

Seamus Heaney, poet

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

Anne Stevenson, poet

The poetry of the earth is never dead.

John Keats, poet

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

John Ruskin, writer

The poet is the priest of the invisible.

Wallace Stevens, poet

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

Rainer Maria Rilke, poet

Poetry is the exquisite expression of exquisite expressions.

Joseph Roux, clergyman

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

Max Eastman, author

A person born with an instinct for poverty.

Elbert Hubbard, writer

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

Charles Baudelaire, poet

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, author

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

Wallace Stevens, poet

Poetry is a mere drug, Sir.

George Farquhar, dramatist

Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.

Percy Bysshe Shelley, poet

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

Denis Diderot, editor

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

Robert Frost, poet

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

John Muir, environmentalist

A poem is never finished, only abandoned.

Paul Ambroise Valery,

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

Christopher Morley, author

As civilization advances, poetry almost necessarily declines.

Thomas B. Macaulay, historian

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

Jean Cocteau, director

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, poet

Poetry is a sword of lightning, ever unsheathed, which consumes the scabbard that would contain it.

Percy Bysshe Shelley, poet

The sort of poetry I seek resides in objects man can't touch.

E. M. Forster, novelist

Poetry is an art, the easiest to dabble in, but the hardest to reach true excellence.

Captain J. G. Stedman,

I have written some poetry that I don't understand myself.

Carl Sandburg, poet

Poetry is emotion put into measure. The emotion must come by nature, but the measure can be acquired by art.

Thomas Hardy, novelist

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