Showing posts with label GREAT QUOTES OF FAMOUS POETS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label GREAT QUOTES OF FAMOUS POETS. Show all posts

May 08, 2022



“Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” - Dylan Thomas

“Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” - Dylan Thomas

“Though lovers be lost, love shall not; And death shall have no dominion.” -  Dylan Thomas

“A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the shape of the universe, helps to extend everyone's knowledge of himself and the world around him.” - Dylan Thomas

“Somebody's boring me. I think it's me.” - Dylan Thomas

“When one burns one's bridges, what a very nice fire it makes.” - Dylan Thomas

“I love you so much I’ll never be able to tell you; I’m frightened to tell you. I can always feel your heart. Dance tunes are always right: I love you body and soul: —and I suppose body means that I want to touch you and be in bed with you, and i suppose soul means that i can hear you and see you and love you in every single, single thing in the whole world asleep or awake” - Dylan Thomas

“I hold a beast, an angel, and a madman in me, and my enquiry is as to their working, and my problem is their subjugation and victory, down throw and upheaval, and my effort is their self-expression.” - Dylan Thomas

“I think, that if I touched the earth,
It would crumble;
It is so sad and beautiful,
So tremulously like a dream.” - Dylan Thomas

“I know we're not saints or virgins or lunatics; we know all the lust and lavatory jokes, and most of the dirty people; we can catch buses and count our change and cross the roads and talk real sentences. But our innocence goes awfully deep, and our discreditable secret is that we don't know anything at all, and our horrid inner secret is that we don't care that we don't.” - Dylan Thomas

“An alcoholic is someone you don't like, who drinks as much as you do.” - Dylan Thomas





“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach” - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“You're something between a dream and a miracle.” - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books.” - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“Earth's crammed with heaven...
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes.” - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.” - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me. I love you for the part of me that you bring out.” - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God,
But only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round and pluck blackberries.” - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“You were made perfectly to be loved and surely I have loved you in the idea of you my whole life long. ” - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“Love me sweet
With all thou art
Feeling, thinking, seeing;
Love me in the Lightest part,
Love me in full Being.” - Elizabeth Barrett Browning





“For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.” - T.S. Eliot

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

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

“To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man's life.” - T.S. Eliot

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

“I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.” - T.S. Eliot

“Sometimes things become possible if we want them bad enough.” - T.S. Eliot

“We die to each other daily. What we know of other people is only our memory of the moments during which we knew them. And they have changed since then. To pretend that they and we are the same is a useful and convenient social convention which must sometimes be broken. We must also remember that at every meeting we are meeting a stranger.” - T.S. Eliot

“April is the cruelest month, breeding
lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
memory and desire, stirring
dull roots with spring rain.” - T.S. Eliot




“Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard, are sweeter” - John Keats

“Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?” - John Keats

“I almost wish we were butterflies and liv'd but three summer days - three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.” - John Keats

“Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.” - John Keats

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

“A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” - John Keats

“Touch has a memory.” - John Keats

“I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart's affections and the truth of the Imagination.” - John Keats

“Nothing ever becomes real 'til it is experienced.” - John Keats

“I have been astonished that men could die martyrs
for their religion-
I have shuddered at it,
I shudder no more.
I could be martyred for my religion.
Love is my religion
and I could die for that.
I could die for you.
My Creed is Love and you are its only tenet.” - John Keats

May 07, 2022




“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” - W.B. Yeats

“I have spread my dreams under your feet.
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.” - W.B. Yeats

“For he would be thinking of love
Till the stars had run away
And the shadows eaten the moon.” - W.B. Yeats

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” - William Butler Yeats

“Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.” - William Butler Yeats

“Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on the top of the dishevelled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame.” - William Butler Yeats

“A mermaid found a swimming lad,
Picked him up for her own,
Pressed her body to his body,
Laughed; and plunging down
Forgot in cruel happiness
That even lovers drown.” - W.B. Yeats

“Life is a long preparation for something that never happens.” - W.B. Yeats 

 “But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams."
(Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven)” - W.B. Yeats





“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -  Maya Angelou

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” - Maya Angelou

“What you're supposed to do when you don't like a thing is change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. Don't complain.” - Maya Angelou

“When someone shows you who they are believe them the first time.” - Maya Angelou

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” - Maya Angelou

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.” - Maya Angelou

“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.
(Popular misquote of "You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.)” - Maya Angelou

“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass.” - Maya Angelou

“I don't trust people who don't love themselves and tell me, 'I love you.' ... There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.” - Maya Angelou 

 “I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” - Maya Angelou




“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you... I could walk through my garden forever.” - Alfred Tennyson

“Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.” - Alfred Lord Tennyson

Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering 'it will be happier'...” - Alfred Lord Tennyson

“I am a part of all that I have met.” -  Alfred Tennyson

“Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.” -  Alfred Lord Tennyson

“Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean,
Tears from the depths of some divine despair
Rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes,
In looking on the happy autumn fields,
And thinking of the days that are no more.” - Alfred Lord Tennyson

“I will drink life to the lees.” - Alfred Tennyson

“Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.” - Alfred Lord Tennyson

“A lie that is half-truth is the darkest of all lies.” - Alfred Tennyson

“Once in a golden hour
I cast to earth a seed.
Up there came a flower,
The people said, a weed.” - Alfred Lord Tennyson





“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” - Rudyard Kipling

“He wrapped himself in quotations - as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.” - Rudyard Kipling, Many Inventions

“I always prefer to believe the best of everybody; it saves so much trouble” - Rudyard Kipling

“I never made a mistake in my life; at least, never one that I couldn't explain away afterwards.” - Rudyard Kipling, Under The Deodars

“We're all islands shouting lies to each other across seas of misunderstanding.” - Rudyard Kipling, The Light That Failed

“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” - Rudyard Kipling, The Collected Works

“A woman's guess is much more accurate than a man's certainty.” - Rudyard Kipling, Plain Tales from the Hills

“Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears.” - Rudyard Kipling, The Collected Works





“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.” - Robert Frost

“We love the things we love for what they are.” - Robert Frost

“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.” - Robert Frost

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” - Robert Frost

“A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a love sickness.” - Robert Frost

“Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.” - Robert Frost

“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

“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.” - Robert Frost

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





“Resist much, obey little.” - Walt Whitman

“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

“Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)” - Walt Whitman

“This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.” - Walt Whitman

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you.” - Walt Whitman

“We were together. I forget the rest.” - Walt Whitman

“Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you.
You must travel it by yourself.
It is not far. It is within reach.
Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know.
Perhaps it is everywhere - on water and land.” - Walt Whitman

“I have learned that to be with those I like is enough” - Walt Whitman

“Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.” - Walt Whitman

“Be curious, not judgmental.” - Walt Whitman





“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.” - Pablo Neruda

“I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.” - Pablo Neruda

“Love is so short, forgetting is so long.” - Pablo Neruda, Love

“Well, now
If little by little you stop loving me
I shall stop loving you
Little by little
If suddenly you forget me
Do not look for me
For I shall already have forgotten you
If you think it long and mad the wind of banners that passes through my life
And you decide to leave me at the shore of the heart where I have roots
That on that day, at that hour, I shall lift my arms
And my roots will set off to seek another land” - Pablo Neruda

“I want
To do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.” - Pablo Neruda

“As if you were on fire from within.
The moon lives in the lining of your skin.” - Pablo Neruda

“Someday, somewhere - anywhere, unfailingly, you'll find yourself, and that, and only that, can be the happiest or bitterest hour of your life.” - Pablo Neruda

“Tonight I can write the saddest lines
I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too.” - Pablo Neruda

“I 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

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.” - Pablo Neruda





“And thus the heart will break, yet brokenly live on.” - George Gordon Byron

“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

“In secret we met
In silence I grieve,
That thy heart could forget,
Thy spirit deceive.” - George Gordon Byron

“Always laugh when you can, it is cheap medicine.” - Lord Byron

“She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes...” - Lord Byron

“In secret we met -
In silence I grieve,
That thy heart could forget,
Thy spirit deceive.
If I should meet thee
After long years,
How should I greet thee? -
With silence and tears” - Lord Byron

“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,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal.” - Lord Byron

“There are four questions of value in life... What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living "for, and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is same. Only love.” - Lord Byron

“Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves.” - George Gordon Byron

“The great object of life is sensation- to feel that we exist, even though in pain.” - Lord Byron

“All who joy would win
Must share it -- Happiness was born a twin.” - George Gordon Byron

“If I do not write to empty my mind, I go mad.” - George Gordon Byron





“The sunlight claps the earth, and the moonbeams kiss the sea: what are all these kissings worth, if thou kiss not me?” - Percy Bysshe Shelley

“I have drunken deep of joy,
And I will taste no other wine tonight.” - Percy Bysshe Shelley

“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!” - Percy Bysshe Shelley

“Our sweetest songs are those of saddest thought.” - Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Complete Poems

“If winter comes, can spring be far behind?” - Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ode to the West Wind

“Soul meets soul on lovers lips.” - Percy Bysshe Shelley

“A poet is a nightingale who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds.” - Percy Bysshe Shelley

“We look before and after,
And pine for what is not;
Our sincerest laughter
With some pain is fraught;
Our sweetest songs are those that tell
Of saddest thought.” - Percy Bysshe Shelley

“Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number-
Shake your chains to earth like
Which in sleep had fallen on you
Ye are many-they are few.” - Percy Bysshe Shelley

“The more we study, the more we discover our ignorance” - Percy Bysshe Shelley





“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.” - William Blake

“A truth that's told with bad intent
Beats all the lies you can invent.” - William Blake

“It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.” - William Blake

“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern.” - William Blake

“If a thing loves, it is infinite.” - William Blake

“Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?” - William Blake

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity... and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.” - William Blake

“Those who restrain desire do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained.” - William Blake

“What is now proved was once only imagined.” - William Blake

“The imagination is not a state: it is the human existence itself.” - William Blake

“I must create a system, or be enslaved by another man's. I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.” - William Blake






“The best portion of a good man's life: his little, nameless unremembered acts of kindness and love.” - William Wordsworth

“Fill your paper with the breathing's of your heart.” - William Wordsworth

“Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower;
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind;
In the primal sympathy
Which having been must ever be...” - William Wordsworth

“Wisdom is oft-times nearer when we stoop
Than when we soar.” - William Wordsworth

“Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.” - William Wordsworth

“Nature never did betray
The heart that loved her.” - William Wordsworth