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The world is full of poetry. The air is living with its spirit; and the waves dance to the music of its melodies, and sparkle in its brightness.

There are so many tender and holy emotions flying about in our inward world, which, like angels, can never assume the body of an outward act; so many rich and lovely flowers spring up which bear no seed, that it is a happiness poetry was invented, which receives into its limbus all those incorporeal spirits, and the perfume of all these flowers.

There is as much difference between good poetry and fine verses, as between the smell of a flower-garden and of a perfumer's shop.

There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing.

There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money either.

They learn in suffering what they teach in song.

Thoughts that breathe and words that burn.

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

To have great poets, there must be great audiences.

To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.

Truth shines the brighter clad in verse.

Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket.

We have more poets than judges and interpreters of poetry. - It is easier to write an indifferent poem than to understand a good one.

Whatever the poets pretend, it is plain they give immortality to none but themselves: it is Homer and Virgil we reverence and admire, not Achilles or AEneas.

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

Words become luminous when the poet's finger has passed over them its phosphorescence.

You arrive at truth through poetry; I arrive at poetry through truth.

You don't have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.

You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some with you.

You will not find poetry anywhere unless you bring some of it with you.


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