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Alphonse Daudet Quotes and Sayings
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Poets are people who can still see the world through the eyes of children.
- Alphonse Daudet

Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

To have great poets, there must be great audiences.
- Walt Whitman

We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.
- John Fowles

 

Nobody has ever measured, not even poets,
how much the heart can hold.
- Zelda Fitzgerald

Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast
possession of definition.
- Eli Khamarov

The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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Poets have said that the reason to have children is
to give yourself immortality.
Immortality? Now that I have five children,
my only hope is that they are all out of the house before I die.
- Bill Cosby

It's difficult to get films made, especially films about poets.
- Dougray Scott

I've been influenced by poets as diverse as Dylan Thomas,
Lewis Carroll, and Edgar Allan Poe.
- Jack Prelutsky

Most poets, like most people, try hard to be like someone
they admire or they are possessed with an image of what they ought to be.
- James Broughton

I've had trouble with criticism, I guess.
It's hard to know what role criticism plays in either
encouraging poets or in getting other people to read them.
- Kenneth Koch

Poets, like whores, are only hated by each other.
- William Wycherley

We have to raise the consciousness; the only way poets
can change the world is to raise the consciousness of the general populace.
- Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Many poets write books.
They'll tell you: Well, I've got my next book,
but there are two poems I need to write,
one about x, one about y. This is a wonder to me.
- Sharon Olds

At this moment, by an undeserved stroke of fortune,
I am the direct voice of the poets of my race and the
indirect voice for the noble Spanish and Portuguese tongues.
- Gabriela Mistral

I feel very connected to poets across the country.
- John Barton

Southern poets are still writing narrative poems,
poems in forms, dramatic poems.
- Robert Morgan

Poets yearn, of course, to be published,
read, and understood, but they do little,
if anything, to set themselves above the common herd and the daily grind.
- Wislawa Szymborska

I defer to all these other American poets who,
for some reason, I both envy and admire.
- Charles Olson

Poets are all who love, who feel great truths,
And tell them; and the truth of truths is love.
- Philip James Bailey

All kids, when they go to school, are pretty good artists
and dancers and singers and poets.
All that gets buried, basically through being educated,
or brainwashed.
- William Wiley

But are not the dreams of poets and the tales of travellers notoriously false?
- H. P. Lovecraft

The ancient Greek oral poets all had this anxiety about
the deficiencies of their memories and always began
poems by praying to the Muse to help them remember.
- David Antin

Though I may deny poets their monopoly on inspiration,
I still place them in a select group of Fortune's darlings.
- Wislawa Szymborska

I wonder what all those Chinese poets sound like in Chinese.
I like their distilled quality.
- Tom Verlaine

In working on a poem, I love to revise.
Lots of younger poets don't enjoy this,
but in the process of revision I discover things.
- Rita Dove

The American public does not know poets exist.
- James Broughton

One of my favorite poets, Neruda, writes close to the bone.
Though I know only a little Spanish,
I like to compare the Spanish and English lines and
see how the translator worked.
- Anita Diament

Science is not addressed to poets.
- George Henry Lewes

The trouble with the performance poets is that they
don't seem to have read anything.
So there is not a real sense of the poetic tradition in their work.
- Peter Davison

Poets write the words you have heard before but in a new sequence.
- Brian Harris

All that a critic, as critic, can give poets is the
deadly encouragement that never ceases to remind them
of how heavy their inheritance is.
- Harold Bloom

Poets wish to profit or to please.
- Horace

Well, we all start thinking we're going to be Romantic rock stars,
but then reality hits and you realize no one reads you but other poets.
- George Murray

Poets don't draw.
They unravel their handwriting and then tie it up again,
but differently.
- Jean Cocteau

Money is everywhere but so is poetry.
What we lack are the poets.
- Federico Fellini

Francis Webb is easily our greatest poet and one of
the greatest poets in the world but he's hardly ever mentioned.
- Robert Adamson

I do not think men have more talent.
There are a great many women in the arts;
novelists,
painters, sculptors, poets-but the proportion is far
lower in the field of song writing.
- Dorothy Fields

Poets, we know, are terribly sensitive people,
and in my observation one of the things they are most
sensitive about is money.
- Robert Penn Warren

Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is
bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables.
Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder.
- Thomas Aquinas

I'm not, by nature, a collaborator.
My biggest influences were people like painters and poets.
These are solitary workers.
- Robert Wyatt

I hate the whole race.
There is no believing a word they say,
your professional poets, I mean there never existed
a more worthless set than Byron and his friends for example.
- Arthur Wellesley

I took to wearing a black tie known as the Ascot,
with long drooping ends.
I had seen pictures of painters, sculptors,
poets, wearing this style of tie.
- Carl Sandburg

Poets are always ahead of things in a certain way,
their sense of language and their vision.
- Jim Jarmusch

Poets, in their way, are practical men;
they are interested in results.
- Allen Tate

There have always been poets who performed.
Blake sang his Songs of Innocence and Experience to parties of friends.
- Adrian Mitchell

Poets say science takes away from the beauty of the stars -
mere globs of gas atoms.
I, too, can see the stars on a desert night,
and feel them.
But do I see less or more?
- Richard P. Feynman

I make it clear why I write as I do and why other poets write as they do.
After hundreds of experiments I decided to go my own
way in style and see what would happen.
- Carl Sandburg

It is strange, how quickly people want to obligate their poets,
as it were, on the exile.
- Peter Bichsel

My sisters were going out with artists and poets,
and eventually it was the creative world which attracted me.
- Luc Ferrari

Inspiration is a farce that poets have invented to
give themselves importance.
- Jean Anouilh

Of course poets have morals and manners of their own,
and custom is no argument with them.
- Thomas Hardy

I was at a benefit for some imprisoned students in
the '60s at San Francisco State,
and there were lots of poets reading for the benefit:
one was Elizabeth Bishop.
- Thom Gunn

I am what libraries and librarians have made me,
with little assistance from a professor of Greek and poets.
- Heraclitus

Lyrics have to be underwritten.
That's why poets generally make poor lyric writers
because the language is too rich.
You get drowned in it.
- Stephen Sondheim

Poetry is the work of poets, not of peoples or communities;
artistic creation can never be anything but the production of an individual mind.
- Lascelles Abercrombie

I think of poets as outlaw visionaries in a way.
- Jim Jarmusch

Example moves the world more than doctrine.
The great exemplars are the poets of action,
and it makes little difference whether they be forces
for good or forces for evil.
- Henry Miller

When I began writing, I didn't read any other children's poets...
I didn't want to be influenced until I'd found my own voice.
Now I read them all.
- Jack Prelutsky

Poets are born, not paid.
- Addison Mizner

Poets should ignore most criticism and get on with making poetry.
- Anne Stevenson

Poets and heroes are of the same race,
the latter do what the former conceive.
- Alphonse de Lamartine

Homer has taught all other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.
- Aristotle

Living at that pitch, on that edge, is something which
many poets engage in to some extent.
- Paul Muldoon

Anthropologists are a connecting link between poets and scientists;
though their field-work among primitive peoples has
often made them forget the language of science.
- Robert Graves

While I don't satisfy my curiosity about the way I work,
I'm terribly curious about the way other poets work.
But I would think that's true about many of us.
- Thom Gunn

Another one of the old poets, whose name has escaped my memory at present,
called Truth the daughter of Time.
- Aulus Gellius

Most poets in their youth begin in adolescent sadness.
I find it more rewarding to end in gladness.
- James Broughton

All poets' wives have rotten lives Their husbands look at them like knives.
- Delmore Schwartz

I can't look at things in the simple,
large way that great poets do.
- Isaac Rosenberg


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