Literature is a state of culture, poetry is a state of grace, before and after culture.
Juan Ramon Jimenez quotes
In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite.
Franz Kafka quotes
Poetry and Hums aren't things which you get, they're things which get you. And all you can do is go where they can find you.
Winnie the Pooh quotes
A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von quotes
Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.
Kahlil Gibran quotes
If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry.
Emily Dickinson quotes
It seems just possible that a poem might happen to a very young man: but a poem is not poetry -- that is a life.
T.S. Eliot quotes
We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry.
William Butler Yeats quotes
Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it.
Vincent van Gogh quotes
Poetry and progress are like two ambitious men who hate one another with an instinctive hatred, and when they meet upon the same road, one of them has to give place.
Charles Baudelaire quotes