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quotes from Jean Paul Sartre Jean Paul Sartre quotes

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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quotes from Ambrose Bierce Ambrose Bierce quotes

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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quotes from George Bernard Shaw George Bernard Shaw quotes

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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quotes from Aristotle Aristotle quotes

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

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

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quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes

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

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quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes

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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quotes from Mark Twain Mark Twain quotes

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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quotes from Henry David Thoreau Henry David Thoreau quotes

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

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quotes from H. L. Mencken H. L. Mencken quotes

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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quotes from Samuel Johnson Samuel Johnson quotes

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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quotes from Niels Bohr Niels Bohr quotes

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

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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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quotes from John Lennon John Lennon quotes

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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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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quotes from W. H. Auden W. H. Auden quotes

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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quotes from W. H. Auden W. H. Auden quotes

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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quotes from Gustave Flaubert Gustave Flaubert quotes

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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quotes from Friedrich Nietzsche Friedrich Nietzsche quotes

Good prose is written only face to face with poetry.

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quotes from Richard Dawkins Richard Dawkins quotes

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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quotes from Walt Whitman Walt Whitman quotes

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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quotes from G. K. Chesterton G. K. Chesterton quotes

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

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All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.

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

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quotes from George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) quotes

[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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quotes from T. S. Eliot T. S. Eliot quotes

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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quotes from T. S. Eliot T. S. Eliot quotes

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

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quotes from Percy Bysshe Shelley Percy Bysshe Shelley quotes

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

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quotes from Erica Jong Erica Jong quotes

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

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