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#1. Amid these fading and decaying things, be the glass that rings out as it's breaking. - Author: Rainer Maria Rilke
Poetry quotes by Rainer Maria Rilke
#2. Nobody can tell you about that sword all that there is to be told of it; for those that know of those paths of Space on which its metals once floated, till Earth caught them one by one as she sailed past on her orbit, have little time to waste on such things as magic and so cannot tell you how the sword was made, and those who know whence poetry is, and the need that man has for song, or know any one of the fifty branches of magic, have little time to waste on such things as science, and so cannot tell you whence its ingredients came. Enough that it was once beyond our Earth and was now here amongst our mundane stones; that it was once but as those stones, and now had something in it such as soft music has; let those that can define it. - Author: Lord Dunsany
Poetry quotes by Lord Dunsany
#3. Meridian


First daylight on the bittersweet-hung
sleeping porch at high summer; dew
all over the lawn, sowing diamond-
point-highlighted shadows;
the hired man's shadow revolving
along the walk, a flash of milkpails
passing; no threat in sight, no hint
anywhere in the universe, of that

apathy at the meridian, the noon
of absolute boredom; flies
crooning black lullabies in the kitchen,
milk-soured crocks, cream separator
still unwashed; what is there to life
but chores and more chores, dishwater,
fatigue, unwanted children; nothing
to stir the longueur of afternoon

except possibly thunderheads;
climbing, livid, turreted alabaster
lit up from within by splendor and terror
-- forded lightening's
split-second disaster. - Author: Amy Clampitt
Poetry quotes by Amy Clampitt
#4. If I began to draw
myself away from you

we'd still be like
two mixed colors of paint
impossible to separate. - Author: Sanober Khan
Poetry quotes by Sanober Khan
#5. You were like the clouds
That made it difficult
For the stars in me to shine
And
To shine again
I had to let you go - Author: Ambica Uppal
Poetry quotes by Ambica Uppal
#6. Love and Death? What has great music or poetry ever been about, but those twin forces that undo a man? - Author: Douglas Wynne
Poetry quotes by Douglas Wynne
#7. Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake. - Author: Wallace Stevens
Poetry quotes by Wallace Stevens
#8. With rough hands and gentle heart, I'll seduce you. You will feel my power and surrender to desire. - Author: John Mark Green
Poetry quotes by John Mark Green
#9. The End of World War One
Out of the scraped surface of the land
men began to emerge, like puppies
from the slit of their dam. Up from the trenches
they came out upon the pitted, raw earth
wobbling as if new-born.
They could not believe they would be allowed to live,
the orders had come down: no more killing.
They approached the enemy, holding out chocolate
and cigarettes. They shook hands, exchanged
souvenirs
mess-kits, neckerchiefs.
Some even embraced, while in London
total strangers copulated
in doorways and on the pavement, in the ecstasy
of being reprieved. Nine months later,
like men emerging from the trenches, first the head,
then the body, there were lifted, newborn, from these mothers,
the soldiers of World War Two. - Author: Sharon Olds
Poetry quotes by Sharon Olds
#10. Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life. - Author: William Hazlitt
Poetry quotes by William Hazlitt
#11. The human spirit is poetry enough and I understand that, but I write to make it transparent to a world in love with bright screens and rising technology. - Author: Christopher Poindexter
Poetry quotes by Christopher Poindexter
#12. Let's take a sentimental journey. Don't forget to bleed. I have. - Author: Ted Berrigan
Poetry quotes by Ted Berrigan
#13. A fool will always find banana skins - Author: Robert Priest
Poetry quotes by Robert Priest
#14. Think it's so unfair when people think that you're not a "real artist" unless you're getting paid for it ... I personally know so many poets that work a 9 to 5 in a cubicle and come home and write poetry. Their poetry is just as powerful and moving as anything that I've ever written, if not more. - Author: Sarah Kay
Poetry quotes by Sarah Kay
#15. Nothing will sustain you more potently than the power to recognize in you humdrum routine, the true poetry of life - the poetry of the commonplace, of the ordinary person, of the plain, toilworn, with their loves and their joys, their sorrows and griefs. - Author: William Osler
Poetry quotes by William Osler
#16. Children's Song
We live in our own world,
A world that is too small
For you to stoop and enter
Even on hands and knees,
The adult subterfuge.
And though you probe and pry
With analytic eye,
And eavesdrop all our talk
With an amused look,
You cannot find the centre
Where we dance, where we play,
Where life is still asleep
Under the closed flower,
Under the smooth shell
Of eggs in the cupped nest
That mock the faded blue
Of your remoter heaven. - Author: R.S. Thomas
Poetry quotes by R.S. Thomas
#17. You will face hard times in life. Sometimes they are supposed to come, sometimes not. Get through them no matter what, 'cause the good life is always on the other side. - Author: F.C.
Poetry quotes by F.C.
#18. Nor can thy shame give physic to my grief;
Though thou repent, yet I have still the loss:
The offender's sorrow lends but weak relief
To him that bears the strong offence's cross. - Author: William Shakespeare
Poetry quotes by William Shakespeare
#19. The poetry was so ahead of its time no one has deciphered it yet - Author: Harper Lee
Poetry quotes by Harper Lee
#20. You're coming with me, poor thing. You don't know how to listen. You don't know how to speak. You don't know how to sing. I will teach you. I followed poetry. - Author: Joy Harjo
Poetry quotes by Joy Harjo
#21. A child playing with dolls may shed heartfelt tears when his bundle of rags and scraps becomes deathly ill and dies ... So we may come to an understanding of language as playing with dolls: in language, scraps of sound are used to make dolls and replace all the things in the world. - Author: Velimir Khlebnikov
Poetry quotes by Velimir Khlebnikov
#22. Poetry reveals to us the loveliness of nature, brings back the freshness of youthful feelings, reviews the relish of simple pleasures, keeps unquenched the enthusiasm which warmed the springtime of our being, refines youthful love, strengthens our interest in human nature, by vivid delineations of its tenderest and softest feelings, and through the brightness of its prophetic visions, helps faith to lay hold on the future life. - Author: William Ellery Channing
Poetry quotes by William Ellery Channing
#23. Witch-heart, are you gold or black? - Author: Amy Lowell
Poetry quotes by Amy Lowell
#24. Prologue
Flying 1

The almond tree knows
before all the other trees

The almond tree knows
that Spring is coming
before all the other trees

The almond tree knows
that Spring is coming
so well
it blossoms
in the winter - Author: Alexandra Psaropoulou
Poetry quotes by Alexandra Psaropoulou
#25. I learned from Whitman that the poem is a temple--or a green field--a place to enter, and in which to feel. - Author: Mary Oliver
Poetry quotes by Mary Oliver
#26. 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. - Author: E. E. Cummings
Poetry quotes by E. E. Cummings
#27. You call it hope - that fire of fire!
It is but agony of desire. - Author: Edgar Allan Poe
Poetry quotes by Edgar Allan Poe
#28. The world stops existing in your arms,
leaving me speechless…
In love with love. - Author: Tatjana Ostojic
Poetry quotes by Tatjana Ostojic
#29. I'm quite sure that most writers would sustain real poetry if they could, but it takes devotion and talent. - Author: Marguerite Young
Poetry quotes by Marguerite Young
#30. You spend your whole life convincing yourself you are a chapter worth following, and then someone comes along and doesn't want to read the ending, and suddenly the whole story falls apart - Author: Courtney Peppernell
Poetry quotes by Courtney Peppernell
#31. One of the surest evidences of an elevated taste is the power of enjoying works of impassioned terrorism, in poetry, and painting. The man who can look at impassioned subjects of terror with a feeling of exultation may be certain he has an elevated taste. - Author: Benjamin Haydon
Poetry quotes by Benjamin Haydon
#32. I was a late bloomer. But anyone who blooms at all, ever, is very lucky. - Author: Sharon Olds
Poetry quotes by Sharon Olds
#33. The power of verse stems from an indefinable harmony between when it says and what it is. - Author: Paul Valery
Poetry quotes by Paul Valery
#34. I am more interested in the insecure transparency in you than the pretentious character. Naked is surreal, it may make you feel vulnerable for a while yet it will take us on a journey worth remembering. - Author: Suchet Chaturvedi
Poetry quotes by Suchet Chaturvedi
#35. Every poem I write falls short in some important way. But I go on trying to write the one that won't. - Author: Dorianne Laux
Poetry quotes by Dorianne Laux
#36. I was too ashamed to eat from that tree, as I was more selfish than i thought I could be. - Author: Tiffany Desiree
Poetry quotes by Tiffany Desiree
#37. you'd take one look at me and whole pieces of the earth would break off and fall away finally leaving me alone with you. - Author: AVA.
Poetry quotes by AVA.
#38. The scholarship on music and poetry in Mexico - and Latin America more generally - has yet to receive substantial historical attention. - Author: Stephen Neufeld
Poetry quotes by Stephen Neufeld
#39. Uselessness
Let mine not be the saddest fate of all,
To live beyond my greater self; to see
My faculties decaying, as the tree
Stands stark and helpless while its green leaves fall
Let me hear rather the imperious call,
Which all men dread, in my glad morning time,
And follow death ere I have reached my prime,
Or drunk the strengthening cordial of life's gall.
The lightning's stroke or the fierce tempest blast
Which fells the green tree to the earth to-day
Is kinder than the calm that lets it last,
Unhappy witness of its own decay.
May no man ever look on me and say,
'She lives, but all her usefulness is past. - Author: Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Poetry quotes by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
#40. Poetry is the way that we transcend language through language. And thus our freedom lies in the poetry of all things - Author: Ilyas Kassam
Poetry quotes by Ilyas Kassam
#41. Anyone who says, "Here's my address,
write me a poem," deserves something in reply.
So I'll tell a secret instead:
poems hide. In the bottoms of our shoes,
they are sleeping. They are the shadows
drifting across our ceilings the moment
before we wake up. What we have to do
is live in a way that lets us find them. - Author: Naomi Shihab Nye
Poetry quotes by Naomi Shihab Nye
#42. From nothing comes everything. - Author: Dejan Stojanovic
Poetry quotes by Dejan Stojanovic
#43. Probably the best nonsense poetry is produced gradually and accidentally, by communities rather than by individuals. - Author: George Orwell
Poetry quotes by George Orwell
#44. This fellow is wise enough to play the fool;
And to do that well craves a kind of wit:
He must observe their mood on whom he jests,
The quality of persons, and the time,
And, like the haggard, check at every feather
That comes before his eye. This is a practise
As full of labour as a wise man's art
For folly that he wisely shows is fit;
But wise men, folly-fall'n, quite taint their wit. - Author: William Shakespeare
Poetry quotes by William Shakespeare
#45. I know life isn't always about bright colors and fireworks. Sometimes the colors aren't always clear, and our days get so hard they hurt. But settle down with me, hold my hand, let me kiss you. All I want is to know you more.
Better than anyone else has before. - Author: Courtney Peppernell
Poetry quotes by Courtney Peppernell
#46. Understand the poem not the poet. - Author: Christina Strigas
Poetry quotes by Christina Strigas
#47. She was mined for the children
in her, one daughter, then another,
a short seam, quick to clay,
and not a single son to save them. - Author: Robert Wrigley
Poetry quotes by Robert Wrigley
#48. The Way It Is

There's a thread you follow. It goes among
things that change. But it doesn't change.
People wonder about what you are pursuing.
You have to explain about the thread.
But it is hard for others to see.
While you hold it you can't get lost.
Tragedies happen; people get hurt
or die; and you suffer and get old.
Nothing you do can stop time's unfolding.
You don't ever let go of the thread.

~ William Stafford ~ - Author: William Stafford
Poetry quotes by William Stafford
#49. Sometimes, the only things in this world that make sense are the moon, my madness and your hands messing up my hair, while your teeth sink into my soul. - Author: Melody Lee
Poetry quotes by Melody  Lee
#50. I travel, always arriving in the same place. - Author: Dejan Stojanovic
Poetry quotes by Dejan Stojanovic
#51. The ugly and alien logic of predestination. Poetry - Author: G.K. Chesterton
Poetry quotes by G.K. Chesterton
#52. May came home with a smooth round stone
as small as a world and as large as alone. - Author: E. E. Cummings
Poetry quotes by E. E. Cummings
#53. My mother carried on and supported us; her ambition had been to write poetry and songs. - Author: Philip Levine
Poetry quotes by Philip Levine
#54. A mighty flame follows a tiny spark. - Author: Dante Alighieri
Poetry quotes by Dante Alighieri
#55. Not only does a good army commander not need any special qualities, on the contrary he needs the absence of the highest and best human attributes - love, poetry, tenderness, and philosophic inquiring doubt. He should be limited, firmly convinced that what he is doing is very important (otherwise he will not have sufficient patience), and only then will he be a brave leader. God forbid that he should be humane, should love, or pity, or think of what is just and unjust. - Author: Leo Tolstoy
Poetry quotes by Leo Tolstoy
#56. With poetry and writing, the question isn't "do you know the right words?".
The real question is, "can you make words from the unwordable, chisel blocks of raw silence into shapes and touch our souls? - Author: Jacob Nordby
Poetry quotes by Jacob Nordby
#57. We were always eating expired things. Milk, bread, biscuits, cake. We forgot about them as they sat around the house and just as they had gone bad, we put them in our mouths. Chocolates I brought back with me from Australia, cheeses in last year's Christmas hamper, juice from the last time someone decided to go grocery shopping. We didn't always realize they tasted funny – not everything curdles and a two-month-old orange can be just as sweet. When we did, it was usually too late. Sometimes it wasn't. We finished what we had started anyway. - Author: Cheryl Julia Lee
Poetry quotes by Cheryl Julia Lee
#58. And what is the very essence of poetry if it is not this 'metaphorical language'-this marking of the before unapprehended relations of things? - Author: Owen Barfield
Poetry quotes by Owen Barfield
#59. You ask me to write you a poem,
I pen you an empty ocean,
You run away.
You ask me who I am,
I paint you a breaking sky,
You weep in the rain. - Author: Jenim Dibie
Poetry quotes by Jenim Dibie
#60. I was born doing reference work in sin, and born
confessing it. This is what poems are. - Author: Anne Sexton
Poetry quotes by Anne Sexton
#61. All mothers breed dead children.
They shall, perhaps, live later.
When no longer dead, they are born
Not - by coincidence, by choice. - Author: Mie Hansson
Poetry quotes by Mie Hansson
#62. Poetry is an investigation, not an expression, of what you know. - Author: Mark Doty
Poetry quotes by Mark Doty
#63. My father died and left me his blessing and his business. His blessing brought no money into my pocket, and as to his business, it soon deserted me, for I was busy writing poetry, and could not attend to law, and my clients, though they had great respect for my talents, had no faith in a poetical attorney. - Author: Washington Irving
Poetry quotes by Washington Irving
#64. Children delight in poetry if they are not frightened away by adults' fear of poetry. - Author: Mary Crow
Poetry quotes by Mary Crow
#65. From the life's pen
My ink flows and my feelings pour
Some call it poetry
I call it my boat's oar… - Author: Neelam Saxena Chandra
Poetry quotes by Neelam Saxena Chandra
#66. For a poet, style is the only morality. - Author: Jennifer Stone
Poetry quotes by Jennifer Stone
#67. Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows, and of lending existence to nothing. - Author: Edmund Burke
Poetry quotes by Edmund Burke
#68. Native Soil

There's
Nobody simpler than us, or with
more pride, or fewer tears.
(1922)

Our hearts don't wear it as an amulet,
it doesn't sob beneath the poet's hand,
nor irritate the wounds we can't forget
in our bitter sleep. It's not the Promised Land.
Our souls don't calculate its worth
as a commodity to be sold and bought;
sick, and poor, and silent on this earth,
often we don't give it a thought.
Yes, for us it's the dirt on our galoshes,
yes, for us it's the grit between our teeth.
Dust, and we grind and crumble and crush it,
the gentle and unimplicated earth.
But we'll lie in it, become its weeds and flowers,
so unembarrassedly we call it - ours. - Author: Anna Akhmatova
Poetry quotes by Anna Akhmatova
#69. Do you wonder where poetry comes from? Where we get the songs we sing and the tales we tell? Do you ever ask yourself how it is that some people can dream great, wise, beautiful dreams and pass those dreams on as poetry to the world, to be sung and retold as long as the sun rises and sets, as long as the moon will wax and wane? Have you ever wondered why some people make beautiful songs and poems and tales, and some of us do not? It - Author: Neil Gaiman
Poetry quotes by Neil Gaiman
#70. He does not always remain bent over the
pages; he often leans back and closes
his eyes over a line he has been reading
again, and its meaning spreads through
his blood. - Author: Rainer Maria Rilke
Poetry quotes by Rainer Maria Rilke
#71. I wish I could tell the tale of your beauty as my rough hands caress your face ... - Author: John Geddes
Poetry quotes by John Geddes
#72. Some poets marry a language; some have affairs with it; some treat it as a parent, some as a child, some as an equal, or as a friend. - Author: Stephen Burt
Poetry quotes by Stephen Burt
#73. I shivered in those
solitudes
when I heard
the voice
of
the salt
in the desert. - Author: Pablo Neruda
Poetry quotes by Pablo Neruda
#74. I give you this to take with you:
Nothing remains as it was. If you know this, you can
begin again, with pure joy in the uprooting. - Author: Judith Minty
Poetry quotes by Judith Minty
#75. Life is like facing two mirrors at each other: There is no beginning, no end. Just the beauty within the reflected infinity - Author: Michael Biondi
Poetry quotes by Michael Biondi
#76. I have never reached certain levels of fame, like Lindsay Lohan did, or even Brittany Murphy. My career has always been this sort of even-keeled, steady existence. I was also raised by poets, and I've been doing poetry as long as I've been acting. - Author: Amber Tamblyn
Poetry quotes by Amber Tamblyn
#77. In a sense, all poetry is positional: to try to express one's position in regard to the universe embraced by consciousness, is an immemorial urge. The arms of consciousness reach out and grope, and the longer they are the better. Tentacles, not wings, are Apollo's natural members. - Author: Vladimir Nabokov
Poetry quotes by Vladimir Nabokov
#78. Say you could view a time lapse film of our planet: what would you see?

Transparent images moving through light, "an infinite storm of beauty."
The beginning is swaddled in mists, blasted by random blinding flashes. Lava pours and cools; seas boil and flood. Clouds materialize and shift; now you can see the earth's face through only random patches of clarity. The land shudders and splits, like pack ice rent by widening lead. Mountains burst up, jutting, and dull and soften before your eyes, clothed in forests like felt. The ice rolls up, grinding green land under water forever; the ice rolls back. Forests erupt and disappear like fairy rings. The ice rolls up- mountains are mowed into lakes, land rises wet from the sea like a surfacing whale- the ice rolls back.

A blue-green streaks the highest ridges, a yellow-green spreads from the south like a wave up a strand. A red dye seems to leak from the north down the ridges and into the valleys, seeping south; a white follows the red, then yellow-green washes north, then red spreads again, then white, over and over, making patterns of color too intricate to follow. Slow the film. You see dust storms, locusts, floods, in dizzying flash-frames.

Zero in on a well-watered shore and see smoke from fires drifting. Stone cities rise, spread, and crumble, like paths of alpine blossoms that flourish for a day an inch above the permafrost, that iced earth no root can suck, and wither in a hour. New cit - Author: Annie Dillard
Poetry quotes by Annie Dillard
#79. So how can a poet-an intelligent, serious poet-write mystical verse now? The poetry of Adam Zagajewski provides the beginning of an answer to this question. - Author: Adam Kirsch
Poetry quotes by Adam Kirsch
#80. Wine is bottled poetry, he thinks [...] He wonders if the poem of the circus could possibly be bottled. - Author: Erin Morgenstern
Poetry quotes by Erin Morgenstern
#81. Safety isn't always safe. You can find one on every gun. - Author: Andrea Gibson
Poetry quotes by Andrea Gibson
#82. phoenix-
your back to
the mirror-

you are the most
immortal death - Author: Banoo Zan
Poetry quotes by Banoo Zan
#83. Poetry is the alchemy which teaches us to convert ordinary materials into gold. - Author: Anais Nin
Poetry quotes by Anais Nin
#84. Life is as long as you live it. - Author: Lashauna D. Hinton
Poetry quotes by Lashauna D. Hinton
#85. a billion brains may coax undeath
from fancied fact and spaceful time--
no heart can leap, no soul can breathe
but by the sizeless truth of a dream
whose sleep is the sky and the earth and the sea
For love are in you am in i are in we - Author: E. E. Cummings
Poetry quotes by E. E. Cummings
#86. The Occupied Territories; you think there is absolutely no way you can get to it. Do you see how close it is? How touchable? How real?

When the eye sees it, it has all the clarify of earth and pebbles and hills and rocks. It has its colours and its temperatures and its wild plants too.

Who would dare to make it into an abstraction now that it has declared its physical self to the senses?

It is no longer 'the beloved' in the poetry of resistance, or an item on a political party program, and it is not an argument or a metaphor. It stretches before me, as touchable as a scorpion, a bird, a well; visible as a field of chalk, as the prints of shoes.

I asked myself, what is so special about it except that we have lost it? It is a land, like any land.

We sing for it only so that we may remember the humiliation of having had it taken from us. Our song is not for some sacred thing of the past but for our current self-respect that is violated anew every day by the Occupation. - Author: Mourid Barghouti
Poetry quotes by Mourid Barghouti
#87. Somewhere along the way, there develops within the soul a yearning that can no longer be ignored, a craving for the great love affair. We feel it drawing ever closer. It is the greatest of them all. It cannot fail. It is all consuming. It is incomparable. It is the love affair with our own true nature and the source from which it comes. The desire is in all of us but, more often than not, it is ignored for other interests. We wrestle with each interest, trying to make it work, growing with each adventure until the light has grown bright enough for us to reach for it. - Author: Donna Goddard
Poetry quotes by Donna Goddard
#88. Your soul is so bohemian, free and gypsy wild. Come swim with me in the calming sea, let's be mermaids for awhile. - Author: Melody Lee
Poetry quotes by Melody  Lee
#89. You weren't given wings
to see the world from a tree. - Author: Atticus Poetry
Poetry quotes by Atticus Poetry
#90. Why is every mom's concern about sex? There are more important things in life, like school, careers, poetry, books, ice cream, or learning how to make the perfect chocolate cake. It's so damn frustrating. - Author: Isabel Quintero
Poetry quotes by Isabel Quintero
#91. Trusty, dusky, vivid, true,
With eyes of gold and bramble-dew,
Steel-true and blade-straight,
The great artificer made my mate. - Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Poetry quotes by Robert Louis Stevenson
#92. We hate poetry that has a palpable design upon us - and if we do not agree, seems to put its hand in its breeches pocket. Poetry should be great & unobtrusive, a thing which enters into one's soul, and does not startle it or amaze it with itself but with its subject. - How beautiful are the retired flowers! how would they lose their beauty were they to throng into the highway crying out, "admire me I am a violet! dote upon me I am a primrose!" - Author: John Keats
Poetry quotes by John Keats
#93. If I had another life
I would want to spend it all on some
unstinting happiness.
I would be a fox, or a tree
full of waving branches.
I wouldn't mind being a rose
in a field full of roses.
Fear has not yet occurred to them, nor ambition.
Reason they have not yet thought of.
Neither do they ask how long they must be roses, and then what.
Or any other foolish question. - Author: Mary Oliver
Poetry quotes by Mary Oliver
#94. I was sure the old man knew nothing about the beatitudes, ecstasies, dazzling reverberations of sexual encounters. Cut out the poetry was his message. Clinical sex, deprived of all the warmth of love - the orchestration of all the senses, touch, hearing, sight, palate; all the euphoric accompaniments, back-ground music, moods, atmosphere, variations - forced him to resort to literary aphrodisiacs. - Author: Anais Nin
Poetry quotes by Anais Nin
#95. Experience has taught me, when I am shaving of a morning, to keep watch over my thoughts, because, if a line of poetry strays into my memory, my skin bristles so that the razor ceases to act. - Author: A.E. Housman
Poetry quotes by A.E. Housman
#96. Logic has rid us of the absurdity of our clothes. That's progress, no irony, only now we are cold. Hale and ill trade bodies with unusual willingness, while in midair souls tangle. The young start out disgusted and Poetry is left to the memo-writers. - Author: Odysseus Elytis
Poetry quotes by Odysseus Elytis
#97. The ordinary man's experience is chaotic, irregular, fragmentary. [He] falls in love or reads Spinoza, and these two experiences have nothing to do with each other, or with the noise of the typewriter, or the smell of cooking; in the mind of the poet these experiences are always forming new wholes - Author: T. S. Eliot
Poetry quotes by T. S. Eliot
#98. Giving these students, teenagers, any form of power over the use of their own words, allowing them to turn everyday raw material into some form of beauty, is a gift beyond measure. - Author: Gloria Ng
Poetry quotes by Gloria Ng
#99. YEN
What happens if you take a cup? Put it to your lips. A cup of desire. Of dazzling colour. Of intoxicating aroma. You can't resist. Drink. And in the bottom of the cup. There is a fish. And the fish says "You have uncovered me! Now I am condemned. To die."
What happens if you find a box? 35mm by 35mm exactly. And are curious. You open it quickly. Of course. And inside there is an eye. And the eye seems to think that the box is its exclusive property. And fixes you with a terrifying glare.
What happens if you catch a soft sound? A voice whispering in the air. Above the tree tops. And you can't quite hear what it is saying. But you have to listen. So you float up. Then you find you can't come down again. When the conversation is finished. - Author: Jay Woodman
Poetry quotes by Jay Woodman
#100. Whatever you may say, genuine emotions are aroused by people. The first smile of a newborn, love confession, hang-loose chatting with friends, weekly meetings with dears, and a lot more other things initiated by two or several individuals trigger the feeling of happiness. There are more specific emotions native to females and males. Whereas the first ones are pleased at hearing sweet words. We live and work in the tradition of love and not hatred. As for us, it is the unconditional acceptance of all people, the scale of our love for them. Let's treat every person as a person in his uniqueness at eye level.
Love is one of the strongest feelings one can ever have. It comes over you all of a sudden and totally absorbs before you manage to realize the fact. Emotions which arise with the feeling require some way of expression. Furtive glances, sweet words, touching, and romantic dates are a usual manifestation of affection. Still, there is a more inventive way to expose oneself – dedicating a special beautiful love quote to your beloved. - Author: Oscar Auliq-Ice
Poetry quotes by Oscar Auliq-Ice
#101. You have a minute and a half left."
"Fine," she snapped. "Then I'll reduce this conversation to one single fact. Today I had six callers. Six! Can you recall the last time I had six callers?"
Anthony just stared at her blankly.
"I can't," Daphne continued, in fine form now. "Because it has never happened. Six men marched up our steps, knocked on our door, and gave Humboldt their cards. Six men brought me flowers, engaged me in conversation, and one even recited poetry."
Simon winced.
"And do you know why?" she demanded, her voice rising dangerously. "Do you?"
Anthony, in his somewhat belatedly arrived wisdom, held his tongue.
"It is all because he" - she jabbed her forefinger toward Simon - "was kind enough to feign interest in me last night at Lady Danbury's ball. - Author: Julia Quinn
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#102. The purpose of poetry is not to provide a solution or, say, to stop a war or prevent millions of people from dying, etc. Poetry can never do that. Poetry is all about keeping the dialogue alive. Poetry must bring forth, time and again, issues that need attention and are intentionally or unintentionally forgotten. - Author: Abhijit Sarmah
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#103. I miss her | & not the type of missing when you're alone, not the type when you're broken down half drunk, not even the type when you know she's the one. I'm talking about the kind of missing that when you're full of happiness…you wish they were there to enjoy it. I don't care if we're not together, I don't care if I never see her again. All that I will every know is I'm here smiling & I know how much she'd like to see that. - Author: Brandon Villasenor
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#104. Mother did not spend all her time in paying dull calls to dull ladies, and sitting dully at home waiting for dull ladies to pay calls to her. She was almost always there, ready to play with the children, and read to them, and help them to do their home-lessons. Besides this she used to write stories for them while they were at school, and read them aloud after tea, and she always made up funny pieces of poetry for their birthdays and for other great occasions, such as the christening of the new kittens, or the refurnishing of the doll's house, or the time when they were getting over the mumps. - Author: E. Nesbit
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#105. Forests may be gorgeous but there is nothing more alive than a tree that learns how to grow in a cemetery. - Author: Andrea Gibson
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#106. I think a lover, when broken, is given a gift
not a scar, not a poem, not a rhyme
(unless it fits.)
I think as humans, we see a set of hues
but when wounded, we see something more:
deeper shades of hurt and worry,
colors never seen before.
Because I can't imagine a child
could see the same black as a widower,
and I don't think healthy hearts
know the true meaning of blue.
When children close their eyes,
they see a color they call empty.
But in the eyelids of the bruised,
the empty black's a crowded room. - Author: Katya Polo
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#107. VILLAIN.
By Omrane Khuder.

Staggering, tripping, stumbling down the tightrope,
hastening to be set free.
Yearning to be protected by the Superhero,
before the Villain's revulsion ingests me.

Misplacing my footing on the tightrope,
hands sweltering as the rope is pulled away.
Glancing down at the fire below me,
the chuckling Villain has won today.

Little did I know, it was He setting me free.
Little did I know, the tightrope was me. - Author: Omrane Khuder
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#108. If the art of poetry is?the art of making sense of the chaos of human experience, it's not a bad thing to see a lot of chaos. - Author: Archibald MacLeish
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#109. Aristocracy naturally leads the human mind to the contemplation of the past, and fixes it there. Democracy, on the contrary, gives men a sort of instinctive distaste for what is ancient. In this respect aristocracy is far more favorable to poetry; for things commonly grow larger and more obscure as they are more remote; and, for this two-fold reason, they are better suited to the delineation of the ideal. - Author: Alexis De Tocqueville
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#110. In the silence, while awaiting the distant footsteps of death he heard someone weeping! O God, was that you? - Author: Preeth Nambiar
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#111. Love doesn't make you a poet; it makes you poetry. - Author: Yarro Rai
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#112. How do I feel today? I feel as unfit as an unfiddle,
And it is the result of a certain turbulence in the mind and an uncertain burbulence in the middle.
What was it, anyway, that angry thing that flew at me?
I am unused to banshees crying Boo at me.
Your wife can't be a banshee
Or can she? - Author: Ogden Nash
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#113. Ten years ago a book appeared in France called D'Une foi l'autre, les conversions a l'Islam en Occident. The authors, both career journalists, carried out extensive interviews with new Muslims in Europe and America. Their conclusions are clear. Almost all educated converts to Islam come in through the door of Islamic spirituality. In the middle ages, the Sufi tariqas were the only effective engine of Islamisation in Muslim minority areas like Central Asia, India, black Africa and Java; and that pattern is maintained today.

Why should this be the case? Well, any new Muslim can tell you the answer. Westerners are in the first instance seeking not a moral path, or a political ideology, or a sense of special identity - these being the three commodities on offer among the established Islamic movements. They lack one thing, and they know it - the spiritual life. Thus, handing the average educated Westerner a book by Sayyid Qutb, for instance, or Mawdudi, is likely to have no effect, and may even provoke a revulsion. But hand him or her a collection of Islamic spiritual poetry, and the reaction will be immediately more positive. It is an extraordinary fact that the best-selling religious poet in modern America is our very own Jalal al-Din Rumi. Despite the immeasurably different time and place of his origin, he outsells every Christian religious poet.

Islam and the New Millennium - Author: Abdal Hakim Murad
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#114. The poet is he who can write some pure mythology today without the aid of posterity. - Author: Henry David Thoreau
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#115. Writing poetry is like always being in love. What masochism! What luxury! - Author: Jennifer Stone
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#116. Whereever a poet is born enduring
depends on the frailest of chances:
Who listened to your murmuring
over your little rubbish who let you be
who gave you the books
who let you know you were not
alone - Author: Adrienne Rich
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#117. Pardon if all the cleanness and the beauty
Brave rhythym and the immemorial sea
Ensare us sometimes with their siren song,
Forgetful of our murderous intentions.
Through our uneasy peacetime carnival
Cold sweat of death holds us like a dew;
Even this grey machinery of murder
Holds beauty and the promise of a future. - Author: Norman Hampson
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#118. …The heavens could not bear my debt
And wrote me as a madman in my fate.
But lovers bled their hearts
And on the face of the Beloved
Did a beauty spot create.

The fire that burns
In the flame of the lamp
Is not the fire;
It burns in the essence of
The moth and consumes him entire… - Author: Hafiz Shirazi
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#119. Eyes closed on an open soul...the world starts from within its core towards its final frontier: the end surface. - Author: Soar
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#120. Be true to your word and your work and your friend. - Author: John Boyle O'Reilly
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#121. Poetry should be common in experience but uncommon in books. - Author: Robert Frost
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#122. And aye, beside her stalks her amarous knight!
Still on his thighs their wonted brogues are worn,
And thro' those brogues, still tatter'd and betorn,
His hindward charms glean an unearthly white,
Ah! thus thro' broken clouds at night's high Noon
Peeps in fair fragments forth the full-orb'd harvest-moon! - Author: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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#123. Why should poetry have to make sense? - Author: Charlie Chaplin
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#124. A chord that becomes a melodious delusion,
In polar discrepancy from blue to yellow painted,
In yellow I existed, with digoxin's deadly illusion,
Like Van Gogh's stars in a bright night untainted. - Author: Selina A. Mahmood
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#125. Don't write out of what I know; I write out of what I wonder. I think most artists create art in order to explore, not to give the answers. Poetry and art are not about answers to me; they are about questions. - Author: Lucille Clifton
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#126. Where the Greeks had modesty, we have cant; where they had poetry, we have cant; where they had patriotism, we have cant; where they had anything that exalts, delights, or adorns humanity, we have nothing but cant, cant, cant. - Author: Thomas Love Peacock
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#127. You lethargic, waiting upon me,
waiting for the fire and I
attendant upon you, shaken by your beauty
Shaken by your beauty
Shaken. - Author: William Carlos Williams
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#128. Infectious smile has infected tears
The laughter strikes with spears
I am not dear and they are not sincere
Feeling fear
I must perform
For when I stop the stage is gone - Author: Louis Cecile
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#129. I am poetry in motion - Author: Jazar Kahr
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#130. Suddenly, everyone wanted to talk to me, it seemed. And not about my poetry: it was my dyslexia they were most interested in. - Author: Philip Schultz
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#131. With several different kinds of poetry to choose from, a man would decide that he would like best to be an epic poet, and he would set out, in conscious determination, on an epic poem. - Author: Lascelles Abercrombie
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#132. That's not a run in your stocking, it's a hand on your leg. - Author: Frank O'Hara
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#133. I love to feel the temperature drop and the wind increase just before a thunderstorm. Then I climb in bed with the thunder. - Author: Amanda Mosher
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#134. Occasionally it is good for us to become small. - Author: Nicole Gulotta
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#135. A versifier passes through the sound; sounds go through a poet. - Author: Dejan Stojanovic
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#136. Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar. - Author: Percy Bysshe Shelley
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#137. Shall I be able to understand the sense of what you have written?

No, King, what a poet writes is not meant to have any sense.

What then?

To have the tune itself.

What do you mean? Is there no philosophy in it?

No, none at all, thank goodness.

What does it say, then?

King, it says "I exist." Don't you know the meaning of the first cry of the new-born child? The child, when it is born, hears at once the cries of the earth and water and sky, which surround him,--and they all cry to him, "We exist," and his tiny little heart responds, and cries out in its turn, "I exist." My poetry is like the cry of that new-born child. It is a response to the cry of the Universe. - Author: Rabindranath Tagore
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#138. be with me in the sacred witchery
of almostness which May makes follow soon
on the sweet heels of passed afterday,
clothe thy soul's coming merely - Author: E.E. Cummings
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#139. I had read a Tale of Two Cities and found it up to my standards as a romantic novel. She opened the first page and I heard poetry for the first time in my life ... her voice slid in and curved down trough and over the words. She was nearly singing. - Author: Maya Angelou
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#140. There are magnets in my bones for that iron in her blood. - Author: Atticus Poetry
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#141. I swear that girl was born with a pen in her hand, the moon in her hair and stars in her soul. - Author: Melody Lee
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#142. Little Cinder

Girl, they can't understand you.
You rise from the as-heap in a blaze
and only then do they recognize you
as their one true love.

While you pray beneath your mother's
tree you carrve a phoenix into your palm
wth aa hazel twig and coal;
every night she devours more of you.

You used to believe in angels.
Now you believe in the makeover;
if you can't get the grime off your face
and your foot into a size six heel

who will ever bother to notice you?
The kettle and the broom sear in your grasp,
snap into fragments. The turtledoves sing,
"There's blood within the shoe."

You deserve the palace, you think, as you signal
the pigeons to attack, approve the barrel filled with red-hot nails.
Its great hearth beckons, and the prince's flag
rises crimson in the angry sun.

He will love you for the heat you generate,
for the flames you ignite around you,
though he encase your tiny feet in glass
to keep them from scorching the ground. - Author: Jeannine Hall Gailey
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#143. Pocket Poem
If this comes creased and creased again and soiled
as if I'd opened it a thousand times
to see if what I'd written here was right,
it's all because I looked too long for you
to put in your pocket. Midnight says
the little gifts of loneliness come wrapped
by nervous fingers. What I wanted this
to say was that I want to be so close
that when you find it, it is warm from me. - Author: Ted Kooser
Poetry quotes by Ted Kooser
#144. What was the function of poetry if not to improve the petty, cautious minds of evasive children? - Author: Bharati Mukherjee
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#145. Look to the past to help create the future. Look to science and to poetry. Combine innovation and interpretation. We need the best of both. And it is universities that best provide them. - Author: Drew Gilpin Faust
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#146. On sunny days of summer,
I am indeed the butterfly;
And like the ancient drummer,
I rhythm straight towards the sky ... - Author: Stephan Attia
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#147. Love can be so hauntingly beautiful, waking up past selves that have been wandering aimlessly through the corridors of our soul, for far too long. When someone else can take us from the ghost-town of our inner-selves, to exciting new landscapes, it's worth the risk, just to feel reborn. - Author: Jaeda DeWalt
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#148. There are no stones
honeycombed into
an abusive tongue
strong enough
to clip my wings. - Author: Susie Clevenger
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#149. She chose books because they never left her lonely the way that Kirk had left her lonely. BEcause company was often nothing of the kind, whereas a good book always was.
She chose books for the smell of fresh-pressed pages, for the yellow-brown musk of library mould, but always for the breathy kiss of paper rustling. She chose books because some of the held prose that made her weep, or poetry that winded her, and words that mae her heart skip beats.
She chose books because some came readey-made with characters that seemed like perfect versions of hrself, all of them little proofs that somehow, somewhere, it might just be possible for her to be better: to be popular, powerful, sexy and smart.
She chose books because they lied to her with more conviction than people ever had. - Author: Dan Micklethwaite
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#150. your hand
touching mine.
this is how
galaxies
collide. - Author: Sanober Khan
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#151. I read a little bit of nonfiction and a lot of poetry. I think of poetry as my shot of whiskey when I don't have time to savor a whole bottle of wine. - Author: Alice McDermott
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#152. If you're afraid of the thorn, you truly don't deserve the rose. - Author: Melody Lee
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#153. The attitude of the American to the dollar contains poetry. - Author: Vladimir Mayakovsky
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#154. I'm floating. I'm flowing. I'm loving, but I'm going. - Author: Dominic Riccitello
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#155. Poetry arises from the desire to get beyond the finite and the historical - the human world of violence and difference - and to reach the transcendent or divine. You're moved to write a poem, you feel called upon to sing, because of that transcendent impulse. But as soon as you move from that impulse to the actual poem, the song of the infinite is compromised by the finitude of its terms. - Author: Ben Lerner
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#156. The Wild Heart wants promises of forever. The Peaceful Soul just wants harmony in the present. - Author: J. Autherine
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#157. True poetry (inspired by the Muse and her prime symbol, the moon) even today is a survival, or intuitive re-creation, of the ancient Goddess-worship. - Author: Robert Graves
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#158. Poets are sitting in my kitchen.
Why do these poets lie?
Why do children get children and
Did you hear what it said? - Author: Anne Sexton
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#159. LXXV
So are you to my thoughts as food to life,
Or as sweet-season'd showers are to the ground;
And for the peace of you I hold such strife
As 'twixt a miser and his wealth is found.
Now proud as an enjoyer, and anon
Doubting the filching age will steal his treasure;
Now counting best to be with you alone,
Then better'd that the world may see my pleasure:
Sometime all full with feasting on your sight,
And by and by clean starved for a look;
Possessing or pursuing no delight
Save what is had, or must from you be took.
Thus do I pine and surfeit day by day,
Or gluttoning on all, or all away. - Author: William Shakespeare
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#160. We will read books together inside the blanket and stay warm. And keep writing poetry in our respective journals. Time will fly but we will still remain inside the blanket forever. - Author: Avijeet Das
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#161. Anticipating that most poetry will be worse than carrying heavy luggage through O'Hare Airport, the public, to its loss, reads very little of it. - Author: Russell Baker
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#162. These words are my mother's,
my father's, my brother's, my lender's, my garbage
man's - the poem runs
like oil on fire
beneath this earth where we know each other.
Witness the black smoke everywhere. - Author: B.J. Ward
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#163. Oh, all right, I say,
I'll save myself. - Author: Anne Sexton
Poetry quotes by Anne Sexton
#164. Ah! well a-day! what evil looks
Had I from old and young!
Instead of the cross, the Albatross
About my neck was hung. - Author: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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#165. Mirror, mirror on the wall,
I have placed you in my hall
Where I wander every day.
Echo beauty, and you'll stay. - Author: Richelle E. Goodrich
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#166. The Last Toast

I drink to our demolished hose,
to all this wickedness,
to you, our loneliness together,
I raise my glass -

And to the dead-cold eyes,
the lie that has betrayed us,
the coarse, brutal world, the fact
that God has not saved us.

1934 - Author: Anna Akhmatova
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#167. If you are only what you are,
You at least have a chance
Not to outsmart,
But be on a par with yourself
And that is worth trying. - Author: Dejan Stojanovic
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#168. She had the whisky licking, skinny dipping smile. - Author: Atticus Poetry
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#169. And oft the blessed time foretells
When all men shall be free;
And musical, as silver bells,
Their falling chains shall be. - Author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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#170. Whatever you get out of poetry - take it. take it. take it.
Words are better off felt than understood. - Author: Sanober Khan
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#171. If you want a definition of poetry, say: Poetry is what makes me laugh or cry or yawn, what makes my toenails twinkle, what makes me want to do this or that or nothing and let it go at that. - Author: Dylan Thomas
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#172. So what if the air
in Paris smells of romance?
My shirt smells of you. - Author: Pooja Nansi
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#173. I laugh when people say they don't like poetry. They listen to poetry every day, what do they think music is? - Author: Shannon Lynette
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#174. I believe that the short story is as different a form from the novel as poetry is, and the best stories seem to me to be perhaps closer in spirit to poetry than to novels. - Author: Tobias Wolff
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#175. To do something very common, in my own way. - Author: Adrienne Rich
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#176. Poetry had everything to teach me about life. - Author: Diane Ackerman
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#177. What is love but a word?
A feeling roughly concordant to fear?
A fantasy that breaks through
the heartbreak
and endows the defeated with bravery? - Author: Tatjana Ostojic
Poetry quotes by Tatjana Ostojic
#178. Why love what you will lose?
There is nothing else to love. - Author: Louise Gluck
Poetry quotes by Louise Gluck
#179. TV news is as bloody as Shakespeare but without the intelligence and the poetry. If you watch television news you know less about the world than if you drank gin out of a bottle - Author: Garrison Keillor
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#180. The people of the heart - the painters, the poets, the musicians, the dancers, the actors - are all irrational. They create great beauty, they are great lovers, but they are absolutely unfit in a society that is arranged by the head. Your artists are thought by your society to be almost outcast, a little bit crazy, an insane type of people. Nobody wants his or her children to become musicians or painters or dancers. Everybody wants them to be doctors, engineers, scientists, because those professions pay. Painting, poetry, dance, are dangerous, risky - you may end up just a beggar on the street, playing on your flute. - Author: Osho
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#181. I opened my veins. Unstoppably life spurts out with no remedy. Now I set out bowls and plates. Every bowl will be shallow. Every plate will be small. And overflowing their rims, into the black earth, to nourish the rushes unstoppably without cure, gushes poetry ... - Author: Marina Tsvetaeva
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#182. PRETENDING TO DROWN

The only regret is that I waited
longer than a breath
to scatter the sun's reflection
with my body.

New stars burst upon the water
when you pulled me in.

On the shore, our clothes
begged us to be good boys again.

Every stick our feet touched
a snapping turtle, every shadow
a water moccasin.

Excuses to swim closer to one another.

I sank into the depths to see you
as the lake saw you: cut in half
by the surface, taut legs kicking,
the rest of you sky.

Suddenly still, a clear view
of what you knew I wanted
to see.

When I resurfaced, slick grin,
knowing glance; you pushed me
back under.

I pretended to drown,
then swallowed you whole. - Author: Saeed Jones
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#183. It's two A.M. "To sleep or to write that is the question?" Whether it tis nobler to suffer the slings and arrows of my piss poor punctuation or take arms against a sea of keys with so many new possibilities. - Author: Stanley Victor Paskavich
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#184. Life must be poetry, a song, a dance, like a flower on the roadside, blossoming for no one in particular, but spreading its fragrance in the wind, and sending it anywhere. - Author: Lao-Tzu
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#185. An English poet writes, I think, just for people who are interested in poetry. An American poet writes, and feels that everyone ought to appreciate this. Then he has a deep sense of grievance ... - Author: Stephen Spender
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#186. Do not dispute your thirst of water…
…not with the flowing brook. - Author: Vijay Fafat
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#187. Going There

Of course it was a disaster.
The unbearable, dearest secret
has always been a disaster.
The danger when we try to leave.
Going over and over afterward
what we should have done
instead of what we did.
But for those short times
we seemed to be alive. Misled,
misused, lied to and cheated,
certainly. Still, for that
little while, we visited
our possible life. - Author: Jack Gilbert
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#188. Most anthologists of poetry or quotations are like those who eat cherries or oysters, first picking the best and ending by eating everything. - Author: Nicolas Chamfort
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#189. We
softened. and broke. and kneeled over in pain. and sang. and threw ourselves against the walls. against each other. and hid. and caved. and opened. and tossed ourselves into work. and danced. and shrank. and closed. and ate. and bled. and held on. and ignored. and accepted. and lied. and laughed. and created. and undid. and drank. and drugged. and loved something. someone. somewhere. ourselves. fiercer. and hated. something. someone. somewhere. fiercer. and swam. and rejected. and yearned. and distanced. and clawed. and touched. and some of us will disown you. because you hurt too much. some of us will have to say your name for a year. before we are able to sleep. - Author: Nayyirah Waheed
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#190. She [Mrs. Badger] was surrounded in the drawing-room by various objects, indicative of her painting a little, playing the piano a little, playing the guitar a little, playing the harp a little, singing a little, working a little, reading a little, writing poetry a little, and botanizing a little. She was a lady of about fifty, I should think, youthfully dressed, and of a very fine complexion. If I add to the little list of her accomplishments that she rouged a little, I do not mean that there was any harm in it. - Author: Charles Dickens
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#191. From the first note I knew it was different from anything I had ever heard.... It began simply, but with an arresting phrase, so simple, but eloquent as a human voice. It spoke, beckoning gently as it unwound, rising and tensing. It spiraled upward, the tension growing with each repeat of the phrasing, and yet somehow it grew more abandoned, wilder with each note. His eyes remained closed as his fingers flew over the strings, spilling forth surely more notes than were possible from a single violin. For one mad moment I actually thought there were more of them, an entire orchestra of violins spilling out of this one instrument. I had never heard anything like it--it was poetry and seduction and light and shadow and every other contradiction I could think of. It seemed impossible to breathe while listening to that music, and yet all I was doing was breathing, quite heavily. The music itself had become as palpable a presence in that room as another person would have been--and its presence was something out of myth. - Author: Deanna Raybourn
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#192. Perhaps the chief cause which has retarded the progress of poetry in America, is the want of that exclusive cultivation, which so noble a branch of literature would seem to require. Few here think of relying upon the exertion of poetic talent for a livelihood, and of making literature the profession of life. The bar or the pulpit claims the greater part of the scholar's existence, and poetry is made its pastime. - Author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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#193. The trees reminded me of unity, all lined up peacefully. I thought about who we all are as people, how we come together in moments we need hope. I thought about how we draw inspiration from each other, how we long to be in love with another. I wondered how many of us have someone else to rely on, what happens when we don't. The nightmares that play over and over again when the days seem like they are running out of hope. And I wanted to stretch my arms out wide, welcome the hopes and dreams of others, nurture them, support them, remind you that things keep moving no matter how strange and difficult the world seems. The trees will continue to line the roads; the sun will shine through the clouds; and despite a very real feeling of doubt, just know that of you, I'll always be proud. - Author: Courtney Peppernell
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#194. Never before had a woman put such agonizing poetry on canvas as Frida did - Author: Diego Rivera
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#195. This autumn-
why am I growing old?
bird disappearing among clouds. - Author: Matsuo Basho
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#196. How strange
it is. For perfect things in poetry do not seem strange;
they seem inevitable. And so we hardly thank the
writer for his pains. - Author: Jorge Luis Borges
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#197. But that so many scholars are barbarians does not much matter so long as a few of them are ready to help with their specialized knowledge the few independent thinkers, that is to say the poets, who try to to keep civilization alive. - Author: Robert Graves
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#198. I don't like the word 'poetry,' and I don't like poetry readings, and I usually don't like poets. I would much prefer describing myself and what I do as: I'm kind of a curator, and I'm kind of a night-owl reporter. - Author: Tom Waits
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#199. Rhyme and meter force gaps in meaning so the muse can enter. - Author: Mason Cooley
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#200. Pain is an old friend who left briefly and has now returned. Starvation without sustenance, I had grown acquaint. Satiety was a stranger who invaded my deepest being, and now I cannot live without. - Author: Melanie A. Gabbard
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