Best 100 Poetry Quotes

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“If I can see pain in your eyes then share with me your tears. If I can see joy in your eyes then share with me your smile.” ― Santosh Kalwar

2. “Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.” ― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

3. “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” ― Victor hugo

4. “Death is the easy part, the hard part is living and knowing you could be so much more then you’re willing to be.” ― robert m drake

5. “I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart)I am never without it (anywhere I go you go,my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing,my darling) I fear no fate (for you are my fate,my sweet)I want no world (for beautiful you are my world,my true) and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you here is the deepest secret nobody knows (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide) and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart)” ― E.E. Cummings

6. “You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts.” ― Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

7. “Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.” ― Plato

8. “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” ― Mary Oliver

9. “If you're reading this... Congratulations, you're alive. If that's not something to smile about, then I don't know what is.” ― Chad Sugg,

10. “I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.” ― Sarah Williams

11. “Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” ― Leonardo da Vinci

12. “To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.” ― E.E. Cummings

13. “Resist much, obey little.” ― Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

14. “Unbeing dead isn't being alive.”

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

16. “Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.” ― G.K. Chesterton, Alarms and Discursions

17. “Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I've tasted of desire, I hold with those who favor fire. But if it had to perish twice I think I know enough of hate To say that for destruction ice Is also great And would suffice.” ― Robert Frost

18. “A little learning is a dangerous thing. Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian Spring; There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, and drinking largely sobers us again.” ― Alexander Pope,

19. “Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky, We fell them down and turn them into paper, That we may record our emptiness.” ― Kahlil Gibran

20. “One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship

21. “What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” — Ralph Waldo EmeI crave your mouth, your voice, your hair. Silent and starving, I prowl through the streets. Bread does not nourish me, dawn disrupts me, all day I hunt for the liquid measure of your steps. I hunger for your sleek laugh, your hands the color of a savage harvest, hunger for the pale stones of your fingernails, I want to eat your skin like a whole almond. I want to eat the sunbeam flaring in your lovely body, the sovereign nose of your arrogant face, I want to eat the fleeting shade of your lashes, and I pace around hungry, sniffing the twilight, hunting for you, for your hot heart, Like a puma in the barrens of Quitratue.” ― Pablo Neruda rson

22. “If you are a dreamer come in If you are a dreamer a wisher a liar A hoper a pray-er a magic-bean-buyer If youre a pretender com sit by my fire For we have some flax golden tales to spin Come in! Come in!” ― Shel Silverstein

23. “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

24. “I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead; I lift my eyes and all is born again.” ― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

25. “Still round the corner there may wait A new road or a secret gate And though I oft have passed them by A day will come at last when I Shall take the hidden paths that run West of the Moon, East of the Sun.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

26. “She seems so cool, so focused, so quiet, yet her eyes remain fixed upon the horizon. You think you know all there is to know about her immediately upon meeting her, but everything you think you know is wrong. Passion flows through her like a river of blood. She only looked away for a moment, and the mask slipped, and you fell. All your tomorrows start here.” ― Neil Gaiman, Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders

27. “Let our scars fall in love.” ― Galway Kinnell

28. “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” ― T.S. Eliot

29. “This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper.” ― T.S. Eliot

30. “As it has been said: Love and a cough cannot be concealed. Even a small cough. Even a small love.” ― Anne Sexton

31. “Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee And I'll forgive Thy great big one on me.” ― Robert Frost

32. “Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light; I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.” ― Sarah Williams

33. “If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.” ― Charles Darwin

34. “You only live twice: Once when you are born And once when you look death in the face”

35. “Always be a poet, even in prose.” ― Charles Baudelaire

36. “There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society, where none intrudes, By the deep sea, and music in its roar: I love not man the less, but Nature more” ― Lord Byron

37. “If you have the words, there's always a chance that you'll find the way.” ― Seamus Heaney

38. “Watch out for intellect, because it knows so much it knows nothing and leaves you hanging upside down, mouthing knowledge as your heart falls out of your mouth.” ― Anne Sexton

39. “...and then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?” ― Vincent Willem van Gogh

40. “One should always be drunk. That's all that matters...But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you chose. But get drunk.” ― Charles Baudelaire

41. “Poetry is what gets lost in translation.” ― Robert Frost

42. “Poetry is what happens when nothing else can.” ― Charles Bukowski

43. “I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.” ― William Shakespeare

44. “What a strange thing! to be alive beneath cherry blossoms.” ― Kobayashi Issa

45. “We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time.” ― T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets

47. “There is freedom waiting for you, On the breezes of the sky, And you ask "What if I fall?" Oh but my darling, What if you fly?” ― Erin Hanson

48. “You might as well ask an artist to explain his art, or ask a poet to explain his poem. It defeats the purpose. The meaning is only clear thorough the search.” ― Rick Riordan

49. “Ho! Ho! Ho! To the bottle I go To heal my heart and drown my woe Rain may fall, and wind may blow And many miles be still to go But under a tall tree will I lie And let the clouds go sailing by” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

50. “Do I dare Disturb the universe? In a minute there is time For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.” ― T.S. Eliot

51. “Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove. O no, it is an ever-fixed mark That looks on tempests and is never shaken; It is the star to every wand'ring barque, Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken. Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks Within his bending sickle's compass come; Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, But bears it out even to the edge of doom. If this be error and upon me proved, I never writ, nor no man ever loved.” ― William Shakespeare

52. “There are things known and there are things unknown and in between are the doors.” ― Jim Morrison

54.“Watch carefully the magic that occurs when you give a person enough comfort to just be themselves.” ― Atticus Poetry

55. “Poetry might be defined as the clear expression of mixed feelings.” ― W.H. Auden, New Year Letter

56. “My turn shall also come: I sense the spreading of a wing.” ― Osip Mandelstam

57. “I am awaiting perpetually and forever a renaissance of wonder” ― Lawrence Ferlinghetti

58. “Summer night-- even the stars are whispering to each other.” ― Kobayashi Issa

59. “Lovers alone wear sunlight.” ― E.E. Cummings

60. “listen: there’s a hell of a good universe next door; let’s go” ― E.E. Cummings

61. “Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.” ― Novalis

62. “Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone.” ― Lawrence Ferlinghetti,

63. “Love consists of this: two solitudes that meet, protect and greet each other. ” ― Rainer Maria Rilke

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

66. “Poetry is the shadow cast by our streetlight imaginations.” ― Lawrence Ferlinghetti

67. “Music is the universal language of mankind.” ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

68. “Don't use the phone. People are never ready to answer it. Use poetry.” ― Jack Kerouac

69. “Those who are willing to be vulnerable move among mysteries.” ― Theodore Roethke

70. “Love, the poet said, is woman's whole existence.” ― Virginia Woolf

71. “You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” ― Kahlil Gibran

73. “Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out.” ― Criss Jami, Diotima

74. “some moments are nice, some are nicer, some are even worth writing about.” ― Charles Bukowski

75. “Live not for Battles Won. Live not for The-End-of-the-Song. Live in the along.” ― Gwendolyn Brooks

76. “The poetry of the earth is never dead.” ― John Keats

77. “To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.” ― Robert Frost

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

79. “Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.” ― T.S. Eliot

81. “Always learn poems by heart. They have to become the marrow in your bones. Like fluoride in the water, they'll make your soul impervious to the world's soft decay.” ― Janet Fitch

82. “Peace is always beautiful.” ― Walt Whitman

83. With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion.” ― Edgar Allan Poe

84. If we surrendered to earth's intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke

85. “She conquered her demons and wore her scars like wings. ” ― Atticus Poetry

86. “Listen, real poetry doesn't say anything; it just ticks off the possibilities. Opens all doors. You can walk through anyone that suits you.” ― Jim Morrison

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

88. “Oh phosphorescence. Now there’s a word to lift your hat to... To find that phosphorescence, that light within — is the genius behind poetry.” ― William Luce

89. . “Whatever you think the world is withholding from you, you are withholding from the world.” — Eckhart Tolle

90. “I will soothe you and heal you, I will bring you roses. I too have been covered with thorns.” ― Rumi

91. “A truth should exist, it should not be used like this. If I love you is that a fact or a weapon?” ― Margaret Atwood

92. “Go wisely and slowly. Those who rush stumble and fall.” ― William Shakespeare

93. “To elevate the soul, poetry is necessary.” ― Edgar Allan Poe

94. “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there.” ― Rumi

95. “Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.” ― Edgar Allan Poe

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

97. “You are never too old to become younger!” ― Mae West

98. “She was a beautiful dreamer. The kind of girl, who kept her head in the clouds, loved above the stars and left regret beneath the earth she walked on.” ― robert m drake

99. “the saddest thing is to be a minute to someone, when you've made them your eternity.” ― Sanober Khan

100. “When you part from your friend, you grieve not; For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.” ― Khalil Gibran

101. “i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart)” ― E.E. Cummings

102. “There are things known and there are things unknown and in between are the doors.” ― Jim Morrison

103. “your hand touching mine. this is how galaxies collide.” ― Sanober Khan

104 “I went down to the river, I set down on the bank. I tried to think but couldn't, So I jumped in and sank.” ― Langston Hughes