125 Greatest Quotes About Poetry

Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it. Vincent Van Gogh
When I get depressed, I try to get something for the terrible sadness that comes over me and create something in terms of poetry. Spike Milligan
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
All great things are done for their own sake. Robert Frost
The death of a beautiful woman, is unquestionably the most poetical topic in the world. Edgar Allan Poe
Poetry should surprise by a fine excess and not by singularity, it should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance. John Keats
With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion. Edgar Allan Poe
Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility. William Wordsworth
A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. Robert Frost
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. Niels Bohr
There is no Frigate like a book to take us lands away nor any coursers like a page of prancing Poetry. Emily Dickinson
Poetry is what happens when nothing else can. Charles Bukowski
What is that you express in your eyes? It seems to me more than all the print I have read in my life. Walt Whitman
Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic, is always a revolt against artifice, a revolt, in a sense, against actuality. James Joyce
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 is the art of substantiating shadows, and of lending existence to nothing. Edmund Burke
Don't use the phone. People are never ready to answer it. Use poetry. Jack Kerouac
Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake. Wallace Stevens
Love is so short, forgetting is so long. Pablo Neruda
If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week. Charles Darwin
Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat. Robert Frost
Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen. Leonardo da Vinci
Poetry, she thought, wasn't written to be analyzed; it was meant to inspire without reason, to touch without understanding. Nicholas Sparks
Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world. Percy Bysshe Shelley
Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words. Robert Frost
Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits. Carl Sandburg
The poet is the priest of the invisible. Wallace Stevens
To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes; to hear it is to see it with our ears. Octavio Paz
Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain. William Faulkner
If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. Emily Dickinson
Love is heavy and light, bright and dark, hot and cold, sick and healthy, asleep and awake- its everything except what it is! (Act 1, scene 1). William Shakespeare
There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it. Gustave Flaubert
I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it. William Shakespeare
To be a poet is a condition, not a profession. Robert Frost
Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment. Carl Sandburg
It is difficult to get the news from poems, yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there. William Carlos Williams
Forests may be gorgeous but there is nothing more alive than a tree that learns how to grow in a cemetery. Andrea Gibson
Yet, it is true, poetry is delicious; the best prose is that which is most full of poetry. Virginia Woolf
I have nothing to say, I am saying it, and that is poetry. John Cage
A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds. Percy Bysshe Shelley
Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen
A novel is a work of poetry. In order to write it, one must have tranquility of spirit and of impression. Fyodor Dostoevsky
Poetry is just so emo." he said. "Oh, the pain. The pain. It always rains. In my soul. John Green
The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things. Rainer Maria Rilke
You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose. Mario Cuomo
Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I am two fools, I know, for loving, and for saying so in whining poetry. John Donne
He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet, though he has never written a line in all his life. George Sand
We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry. William Butler Yeats