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A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure.
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.
What is a poet? An unhappy person who conceals profound anguish in his heart but whose lips are so formed that as sighs and cries pass over them they sound like beautiful music.
My role in society, or any artist's or poet's role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.
Every great architect is - necessarily - a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.
Frank Lloyd Wright
At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.
A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.
Any great warrior is also a scholar, and a poet, and an artist.
If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for the Creator, there is no poverty.
Rainer Maria Rilke
You don't have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.
If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.
To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.
A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.
I know some people might think it odd - unworthy even - for me to have written a cookbook, but I make no apologies. The U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins thought I had demeaned myself by writing poetry for Hallmark Cards, but I am the people's poet so I write for the people.
As things are, and as fundamentally they must always be, poetry is not a career, but a mug's game. No honest poet can ever feel quite sure of the permanent value of what he has written: He may have wasted his time and messed up his life for nothing.
T. S. Eliot
Fighting for one's freedom, struggling towards being free, is like struggling to be a poet or a good Christian or a good Jew or a good Muslim or good Zen Buddhist. You work all day long and achieve some kind of level of success by nightfall, go to sleep and wake up the next morning with the job still to be done. So you start all over again.
Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does.
He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet, though he has never written a line in all his life.
A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist.
An actor is at most a poet and at least an entertainer.
I am very sure that any man of common understanding may, by culture, care, attention, and labor, make himself what- ever he pleases, except a great poet.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot.
A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.
There is another old poet whose name I do not now remember who said, 'Truth is the daughter of Time.'
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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