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Funny Poets Quotes
Funny Quotes about Poets

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Sucking the marrow out of life
doesn't mean choking on the bone.
- Robin Williams as John Keating
in the 1989 movie Dead Poets Society

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

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

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


 

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

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

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


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

I decided that it was not wisdom that
enabled poets to write their poetry,
but a kind of instinct or inspiration,
such as you find in seers and prophets
who deliver all their sublime messages
without knowing in the least what they mean.
- Socrates

In our period, they say there is free speech.
They say there is no penalty for poets,
There is no penalty for writing poems.
They say this.
This is the penalty.
- Muriel Rukeyser

Language ought to be the joint creation of poets and manual workers.
- George Orwell

Poets are born, not paid.
- Addison Mizner

Many men of science and poets have in their own manner,
by various ways and means, and aided by others,
sought unceasingly to create a more tolerable world for everyone.
- Eyvind Johnson

If poets were realistic, they wouldn't be poets.
- Peter Davison

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

Maybe there are three or four really good poets in a generation.
- Kenneth Koch

There are very few great poets in the world.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

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

The most important thing for poets to do is to write as little as possible.
- T. S. Eliot

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

It's easy to understand why the most beautiful poems
about England in the spring were written by poets living in Italy at the time.
- Philip Dunne

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

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

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

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

It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the
art of telling lies skillfully.
- Aristotle

As soon as war is declared it will be impossible to hold the poets back.
Rhyme is still the most effective drum.
- Jean Giraudoux

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

If sexual intercourse, as the poets tell us,
began in 1963, it was another decade and a half before
the American political system began to take notice.
- Michael Kinsley

Pound's crazy.
All poets are.
They have to be.
You don't put a poet like Pound in the loony bin.
- Ernest Hemingway

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

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

At the age of 18 all young poets are sure they will be dead at 21 -
of old age.
- Marguerite Young

Poets are the only people to whom love is not only a crucial,
but an indispensable experience, which entitles them
to mistake it for a universal one.
- Hannah Arendt

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

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

Rarest of the real poets are born poets.
They are the oddballs, not the professors.
- James Broughton

Poets can't resist the dramatic pull of their lives
and so inevitably write autobiographical verse.
- John Barton

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

The poets' scrolls will outlive the monuments of stone.
Genius survives; all else is claimed by death.
- Edmund Spenser

In Russia all tyrants believe poets to be their worst enemies.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

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

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

Let the poets cry themselves to sleep,
and all their tearful words will turn back into steam.
- Conor Oberst

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

Poets are Damned...
but See with the Eyes of Angels.
- Allen Ginsberg

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

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

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

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

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

There are some fine books and essays about that.
Lewis Hyde has written about alcoholism and poets and
the role that society gives its writers -
encouraging them to die.
- Sharon Olds

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

Poets are like baseball pitchers.
Both have their moments.
The intervals are the tough things.
- Robert Frost

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

The south produced statesmen and soldiers,
planters and doctors and lawyers and poets,
but certainly no engineers and mechanics.
Let Yankees adopt such low callings.
- Margaret Mitchell

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

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

In every age poets and social reformers have tried
to stimulate the people of their own time to a nobler
life by enchanting stories of the virtues of the heroes of old.
- Alfred Marshall

Saints have no moderation, nor do poets,
just exuberance.
- Anne Sexton

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 that lasting marble seek Must come in Latin or in Greek.
- Edmund Waller

Poets deal in writing about feelings and trying to
find the language and images for intense feelings.
- Carol Ann Duffy

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

Poets, like friends to whom you are in debt,
you hate.
- William Wycherley

She knows more of love than the poets can say,
and her eyes offer something that won't go away.
- Harry Chapin

Poets are the sense, philosophers the intelligence of humanity.
- Samuel Beckett

The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the
vehicle of novelists and poets.
- Christopher Morley

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

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


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