Poetry Quotes

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Poetry Quotes

“Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.”

Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”

Victor hugo

“We love the things we love for what they are.”

Robert Frost

“You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts.”

Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

“I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.”

Sarah Williams

“Resist much, obey little.”

Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

“Unbeing dead isn’t being alive.”

E. E. Cummings

“A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.”

Robert Frost

“Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.”

G.K. Chesterton, Alarms and Discursions

“What is that you express in your eyes? It seems to me more than all the print I have read in my life.”

Walt Whitman

“Let our scars fall in love.”

Galway Kinnell

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

T.S. Eliot

“This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.”

“Always be a poet, even in prose.”

Charles Baudelaire

“Poetry is what gets lost in translation.”

Robert Frost

“Poetry is what happens when nothing else can.”

Charles Bukowski

“I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.”

William Shakespeare

“There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it”

Gustave Flaubert

“Poetry might be defined as the clear expression of mixed feelings.”

W.H. Auden, New Year Letter

“Lovers alone wear sunlight.”

E.E. Cummings

“listen: there’s a hell
of a good universe next door; let’s go”

“Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.”


“Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone.”

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Americus, Book I

“Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.”

Wallace Stevens

“I know you’re tired but come, this is the way.”

Jalalu'l-din Rumi

“Poetry is the shadow cast by our streetlight imaginations.”

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

“Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.”

Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

“Music is the universal language of mankind.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Don’t use the phone. People are never ready to answer it. Use poetry.”

“Love consists of this: two solitudes that meet, protect and greet each other. ”

Rainer Maria Rilke

“Love, the poet said, is woman’s whole existence.”

Virginia Woolf, Orlando

“I don’t care what you say to me. I care what you share with me.”

Santosh Kalwar, Quote Me Everyday

“Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain.”

William Faulkner, The Wild Palms

“The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things.”

Rainer Maria Rilke

“Poetry is just so emo.” he said. “Oh, the pain. The pain. It always rains. In my soul.”

John Green, Paper Towns

“The death of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world.”

Edgar Allan Poe

“The poetry of the earth is never dead.”

John Keats

“To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.”

Robert Frost

“Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.”

T.S. Eliot

“Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.”

Leonard Cohen

“Peace is always beautiful.”

Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

“Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely. ”

Edna St. Vincent Millay

“life’s not a paragraph
And death i think is no parenthesis”

“With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion.”

Edgar Allan Poe

“I lean to you, numb as a fossil. Tell me I’m here.”

Sylvia Plath, The Collected Poems

“i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart)”

E.E. Cummings, Selected Poems

“I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake.”

Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

“I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of beauty.”

Edgar Allan Poe, The Poetic Principle

“What can be explained is not poetry.”

W.B. Yeats

“You shall love your crooked neighbour, with your crooked heart.”

Wystan Hugh Auden

“The words ‘I Love You’ kill, and resurrect millions, in less than a second.”

Aberjhani, Elemental: The Power of Illuminated Love

“You are never too old to become younger!”

Mae West

“Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.”

Edgar Allan Poe

“To elevate the soul, poetry is necessary.”

Edgar Allan Poe

“If you love me, Henry, you don’t love me in a way I understand.”

Richard Siken, Crush

“Five minutes are enough to dream a whole life, that is how relative time is.”

Mario Benedetti

“twice I have lived forever in a smile”

E.E. Cummings

“We ran as if to meet the moon.”

Robert Frost

“For darkness restores what light cannot repair.”

Joseph Brodsky

“If you want me again look for me under your boot-soles.”

Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

“The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.”

William Blake

“No’ might make them angry but it will make you free.”

Nayyirah Waheed

“Go wisely and slowly. Those who rush stumble and fall.”

William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

“Poetry = Anger x Imagination”

Sherman Alexie, One Stick Song

“We are made of all those who have built and broken us.”

Atticus Poetry, Love Her Wild

“To hide feelings when you are near crying is the secret of dignity.”

Dejan Stojanovic

“I live not in dreams but in contemplation of a reality that is perhaps the future.”

Rainer Maria Rilke

“Poems are a hotline to our hearts, and we forget this emotional power at our peril.”

Andrew Motion

“Truth can never be told so as to be understood and not be believed.”

William Blake

“Don’t Worry Be Happy”

Meher Baba

“She conquered her demons and wore her scars like wings. ”

Atticus Poetry, Love Her Wild

“Sometimes the most beautiful people are beautifully broken.”

robert m drake

“To fall in love with someone’s thoughts – the most intimate, splendid romance.”

Sanober Khan

“Every angel is terrifying.”

Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino Elegies

“You had this expression on your face, like you weren’t quite sure you were supposed to be on Earth.”

pleasefindthis, I Wrote This For You

“My heart is lost; the beasts have eaten it.”

Charles Baudelaire, Les Fleurs du Mal

“I am the shore and the ocean, awaiting myself on both sides.”

Dejan Stojanovic, The Shape

“It is beautiful to express love and even more beautiful to feel it.”

Dejan Stojanovic

“since the thing perhaps is
to eat flowers and not to be afraid”

“Every poem should remind the reader that they are going to die.”

Edgar Allen Poe

“Whatever the imagination seizes as Beauty must be truth -whether it existed before or not”

John Keats

“A poet should be so crafty with words that he is envied even for his pains.”

Criss Jami, Killosophy

“I really believe, or want to believe, really I am nuts, otherwise I’ll never be sane.”

Allen Ginsberg

“Saints have no moderation, nor do poets, just exuberance.”

Anne Sexton

“I am the poet of the poor, because I was poor when I loved; since I could not give gifts, I gave words.”


“Was not writing poetry a secret transaction, a voice answering a voice?”

Virginia Woolf, Orlando

“I often stood in front of the mirror alone, wondering how ugly a person could get.”

Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye

“Poetry is a naked woman, a naked man, and the distance between them.”

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Poetry as Insurgent Art

“There is darkness in light, there is pain in joy, and there are thorns on the rose.”

Cate Tiernan

“Let your life lightly dance on the edges of
Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.”

“Here is the repeated image of the lover destroyed.”

Richard Siken, Crush

“their heart grew cold
they let their wings down”

“I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.”

Audre Lorde

“Poetry: the best words in the best order.”

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“Poetry is nobody’s business except the poet’s, and everybody else can fuck off.”

Philip Larkin

“The best kind of humans are the ones who stay.”

robert m drake

“Conscience is no more than the dead speaking to us.”

Jim Carroll

“Poets are shameless with their experiences: they exploit them.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

“Beyond myself, somewhere,
I wait for my arrival.”

“I swear, I end up feeling empty, like you’ve taken something out of me and I have to search my body for scars.”

Richard Siken, Crush

“Poetry is not the most important thing in life… I’d much rather lie in a hot bath reading Agatha Christie and sucking sweets.”

Dylan Thomas

“I am the least difficult of men. All I want is boundless love.”

Frank O'Hara

“Nature never did betray
The heart that loved her.”

“We swallowed the chaos because we knew we didn’t want to be ordinary.”

robert m drake

“Oh, the things we invent when we are scared
and want to be rescued.”

“Real poetry, is to lead a beautiful life. To live poetry is better than to write it.”


“Oh, the things we invent when we are scared
and want to be rescued.”

“Madness and chaos are self-destructing but over thinking is the suicide.”

robert m drake

“Poetry puts starch in your backbone so you can stand, so you can compose your life.”

Maya Angelou

“I’m restless. Things are calling me away. My hair is being pulled by the stars again.”

Anaïs Nin

“She had just enough madness to make her interesting”

Atticus Poetry, Love Her Wild

“A wounded dear leaps the highest”

Emily Dickinson

“Depression is being colorblind and constantly told how colorful the world is.”

Atticus Poetry, Love Her Wild

“Poetry is an echo asking a shadow to dance.”

Carl Sandburg

“Democracy! Bah! When I hear that I reach for my feather boa!”

Allen Ginsberg

“No one but Night, with tears on her dark face, watches beside me in this windy place.”

Edna St. Vincent Millay

“This poetry. I never know what I’m going to say.”


“She was broken, I think it’s because she loved too much and she was always blind to the fact that love too is sometimes broken.”

robert m drake

“Perfumes are the feelings of flowers.”

Heinrich Heine

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