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#1735 Jean Paul Sartre

Every age has its own ; in every age the circumstances ofchoose a nation, a race, a class to take up the torch by creating situations that can be expressed or transcended only through poetry. .

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#1978 Ambrose Bierce

Incompossible, adj. Unable to exist if something else exists. Two things are incompossible when the world of being has scope enough for one of them, but not enough for both — as 's poetry and God's mercy to man. .

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#3342 George Bernard Shaw

The public want actresses, because they think all actresses bad. They don't want music or poetry because they know that both are good. So actors and actresses thrive and poets and composers starve. .

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#3807 Aristotle

is finer and morethan ; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular. .

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#3811 Aristotle

For theof poetry a convincing impossibility is preferable to an unconvincing possibility. .

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#4481 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Poetry must be new as foam, and as old as the rock. .

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#4631 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Is not every man sometimes ain ? Men are conservatives when they are least vigorous, or when they are most luxurious. They are conservatives after dinner, or before taking their rest; when they are sick, or aged. In the morning, or when their intellect or their conscience has been aroused; when they hear music, or when they read poetry, they are radicals. .

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#5135 Mark Twain

I used to worship the mighty genius of— that man who was great in poetry, painting, sculpture, architecture — great in every thing he undertook. But I do not want Michael Angelo for breakfast — for luncheon — for dinner — for tea — for supper — for between meals. I like a change, occasionally. .

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#6372 Henry David Thoreau

A true account of the actual is the rarest poetry, for common sense always takes a hasty and superficial view. .

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#8198 H. L. Mencken

The Gettysburg speech was at once the shortest and the most famous oration in American history... But let us not forget that it is poetry, not logic; beauty, not sense. Think of the argument in it! Put it into the cold words of everyday! The doctrine is simply this: that the Union soldiers who died at Gettysburg sacrificed their lives to the cause of self-determination – "that government of the people, by the people, for the people, should not perish from the earth". It is difficult to imagine anything more untrue. The Union soldiers in the battle actually fought against self-determination; it was the Confederates who fought for the right of their people to govern themselves. .

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#8657 Samuel Johnson

Great abilities are not requisite for an Historian; for in historical composition, all the greatest powers of the human mind are quiescent. He has facts ready to his hand; so there is no exercise of invention. Imagination is not required in any high degree; only about as much as is used in the lower kinds of poetry. .

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#9282 Niels Bohr

We must be clear that when it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry. .

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#9285 Niels Bohr

We must be clear that 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 and establishing mental connections. .

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#9389 John Lennon

What's Bagism? It's like... a tag for what we all do, we're all in a bag ya know, and we realised that we came from two bags, I was in this pop bag going round and round in my little clique, and she was in her little avant-garde clique going round and round, and you're in your little tele clique and they're in their...ya know? and we all sort of come out and look at each other every now and then, but we don't communicate. And we all intellectualise about how there is no barrier between art, music, poetry... but we're still all "I'm a rock and roller, he's a poet" ... so we just came up with the word so you would ask us what bagism is, and we'd say "WE'RE ALL IN A BAG BABY!" .

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#9429 John Lennon

All kids draw and write poetry and everything, and some of us last until we're about eighteen, but most drop off at about twelve when some guy comes up and says, "You're no good." That's all we get told all our lives. .

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#10507 W. H. Auden

Before people complain of the obscurity of modern poetry, they should first examine their consciences and ask themselves with how many people and on how many occasions they have genuinely and profoundly shared some experience with another; they might also ask themselves how much poetry of any period they can honestly say that they understand. .

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#10533 W. H. Auden

To some degree every American poet feels that the whole responsibility for contemporary poetry has fallen upon his shoulders, that he is a literary aristocracy of one. .

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#10755 Gustave Flaubert

She was the amoureuse of all the novels, the heroine of all the plays, the vague "she" of all the poetry books. .

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#11596 Friedrich Nietzsche

Good prose is written only face to face with poetry. .

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#12861 Richard Dawkins

The word 'mundane' has come to mean boring and dull, and it really shouldn't. It should mean the opposite because it comes from the latin 'mundus', meaning the world, and the world is anything but dull; the world is wonderful. There's real poetry in the real world. Science is the poetry of reality. .

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#12917 Walt Whitman

If the United States haven't grown poets, on any scale of grandeur, it is certain that they import, print, and read more poetry than any equal number of people elsewhere -- probably more than the rest of the world combined. Poetry (like a grand personality) is a growth of many generations -- many rare combinations. To have great poets, there must be great audiences too. .

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#13037 G. K. Chesterton

In our time the blasphemies are threadbare. Pessimism is now patently, as it always was essentially, more commonplace than piety. Profanity is now more than an affectation — it is a convention. The curse against God is Exercise I in the primer of minor poetry. .

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#13051 G. K. Chesterton

The one stream of poetry which is continually flowing is slang. .

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#13052 G. K. Chesterton

All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry. .

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#13210 G. K. Chesterton

The central idea of poetry is the idea of guessing right, like a child. .

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#13296 George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)

[Most people] are neither extraordinarily silly, nor extraordinarily wicked, nor extraordinarily wise; their eyes are neither deep and liquid with sentiment, nor sparkling with suppressed witticisms; they have probably had no hairbreadth escapes or thrilling adventures; their brains are certainly not pregnant with genius, and their passions have not manifested themselves at all after the fashion of a volcano. … Depend upon it, you would gain unspeakably if you would learn with me to see some of the poetry and the pathos, the tragedy and the comedy, lying in the experience of a human soul that looks out through dull grey eyes, and that speaks in a voice of quite ordinary tones. .

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#13465 T. S. Eliot

It is a test (a positive test, I do not assert that it is always valid negatively), that genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood. .

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#13487 T. S. Eliot

Later republished in The Sacred Wood: Essays on Poetry and Criticism (1922) .

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#14560 Percy Bysshe Shelley

Most wretched men Are cradled into poetry by wrong; They learn in suffering what they teach in song. .

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#15190 Erica Jong

Birth is the start of loneliness and loneliness the start of poetry... .

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#15278 Walker Percy

He thought he was a good poet but he was not. He thought books could tell him how to live but they couldn't. He was a serious but dazed reader. He read Dante and Shakespeare and Nietzsche and Freud. He read modern poetry and books on psychiatry. He had taken a degree in English, couldn't, decided to farm, bought a goat farm, managed a Confederate museum in a cave on his property, wrote poetry, went broke, became a golf pro. .

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#15306 John F. Kennedy

If more politicians knew poetry, and more poets knew politics, I am convinced the world would be a little better place in which to live. .

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#15692 John F. Kennedy

Remarks upon receiving an honorary degree, , Amherst, Massachusetts (October 26, 1963); reported in Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy, 1963, p. 817. In his speech President Kennedy explains the importance of public service from educated citizens, and describes the role of an artist in society, noting ’s contributions to American arts, culture, and ideology. The President discusses the nature of strength and power, famously stating, “When power leads men towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.” .

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#15693 John F. Kennedy

When power leads men towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations... .

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#15763 E. E. Cummings

Why do you paint? For exactly the same reason I breathe. That’s not an answer. There isn’t any answer. How long hasn’t there been any answer? As long as I can remember. And how long have you written? As long as I can remember. I mean poetry. So do I. .

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#15819 E. E. Cummings

poetry and every other art was and is and forever will be strictly and distinctly a question of individuality....poetry is being, not doing....if poetry is your goal, you've got to forget all about punishments and all about rewards and all about selfstyled obligations and duties and responsibilities . . . .

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#15821 E. E. Cummings

concerning this selfstyled world's greatest and most generous literary figure: who had just arrived in our nation's capitol, attired in half a GI uniform and ready to be hanged as a traitor by the only country which ever made even a pretense of fighting for freedom of speech Re Ezra Pound — poetry happens to be an art;and artists happen to be human beings. .

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#16837 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The tragic element in poetry is like Saturn in alchemy, — the Malevolent, the Destroyer of Nature ; but without it no true Aurum Potabile, or Elixir of Life, can be made. .

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#17391 William Wordsworth

I have said that poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility. .

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#17775 John Milton

[Rhyme is] but the invention of a barbarous age, to set off wretched matter and lame Meter; ... Not without cause therefore some both Italian and Spanish poets of prime note have rejected rhyme, ... as have also long since our best English tragedies, as... trivial and of no true musical delight; which [truly] consists only in apt numbers, fit quantity of syllables, and the sense variously drawn out from one verse into another, not in the jingling sound of like endings, a fault avoided by the learned ancients both in poetry and all good oratory. .

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#17854 John Milton

Ornate rhetoric thought out of the rule of Plato... To which poetry would be made subsequent, or indeed rather precedent, as being less subtle and fine, but more simple, sensuous, and passionate. .

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#20341 John Donne

I am two fools, I know, For loving, and for saying so In whining poetry. .

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#20973 William Blake

Poetry fettered fetters the human race. Nations are destroyed, or flourish, in proportion as their poetry, painting, and music are destroyed or flourish! .

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#21918 Nicolas Chamfort

Most anthologists of poetry or quotations are like those who eat cherries or oysters, first picking the best and ending by eating everything. .

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#22898 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Who wants to understand the poem Must go to the land of poetry; Who wishes to understand the poet Must go to the poet's land. .

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#22979 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Nowhere would anyone grant that science and poetry can be united. They forgot that science arose from poetry, and failed to see that a change of times might beneficently reunite the two as friends, at a higher level and to mutual advantage.” (“Von andern Seiten her vernahm ich .

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#23350 Charles Baudelaire

It is at once by way of poetry and through poetry, as with music, that the soul glimpses splendors from beyond the tomb .

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#23418 Jorge Luis Borges

The fact is that poetry is not the books in the library … Poetry is the encounter of the reader with the book, the discovery of the book. .

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#23419 Jorge Luis Borges

Truly fine poetry must be read aloud. A good poem does not allow itself to be read in a low voice or silently. If we can read it silently, it is not a valid poem: a poem demands pronunciation. Poetry always remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art. It remembers that it was first song. .

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#23421 Jorge Luis Borges

The fact is that poetry is not the books in the library . . . Poetry is the encounter of the reader with the book, the discovery of the book. .

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