Poetry

He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas of any man I ever met. – Abraham Lincoln

A man thinks that by mouthing hard words he understands hard things. – Herman Melville

When ideas fail, words come in very handy. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Words have a longer life than deeds. – Pindar

Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing. – Robert Benchley

The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it. – Benjamin Disraeli

I have made this [letter] longer, because I have not had the time to make it shorter. – Blaise Pascal

Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say ‘infinitely’ when you mean ‘very’; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite. – C.S. Lewis

An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists on boring future generations. – Charles de Montesquieu

Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. – Cyril Connolly

Writing gives you the illusion of control, and then you realize it’s just an illusion, that people are going to bring their own stuff into it. – David Sedaris (interview in Louisville Courier-Journal, June 5, 2005)

A classic is classic not because it conforms to certain structural rules, or fits certain definitions (of which its author had quite probably never heard). It is classic because of a certain eternal and irrepressible freshness. – Edith Wharton

The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think. – Edwin Schlossberg

A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect? – George Orwell (“Politics and the English Language”)

The cure for writer’s cramp is writer’s block. – Inigo DeLeon

Even if you do learn how to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to? – Clarence Darrow

The English language was carefully, carefully cobbled together by three blind dudes and a German dictionary. – Dave Kellett

My spelling is Wobbly. It’s good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places. – A. A. Milne

When I split an infinitive, god damn it, I split it so it stays split. – Raymond Chandler

Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson: you find the present tense, but the past perfect! – Owens Lee Pomeroy

Women, because they are not generally the principal breadwinners, can be perhaps most useful as the trail blazers, working along the bypaths, doing the unusual job that men cannot afford to gamble on. – Author: Betty Friedan

A woman who is praying and a woman who is having fun, they both say ” Oh My God”, the only difference is how they pronounce it. – Author: M.F. Moonzajer

Change is the part of the very definition of life. The world changes, and flourishing demands constant growth and life-long learning. – Author: Paul Gibbons

One of the ways that your project, your personal healing, or your social invention can change the world is through story. But even if no one ever learns of it, even if it is invisible to every human on Earth, it will have no less of an effect. – Author: Charles Eisenstein

Leadership is giving out far more than one expects in direct return. The rewards are intangible, yet priceless. – Author: T Jay Taylor

“I prefer pepperoni with anchovies,” Mo said.

“Who’re you kidding?” he asked. “You can’t run.”

“I do want pizza,” he said, “but not with anchovies!”

” I can’t forgive you!” or “I can’t forgive you”!

“If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.” — Emily Dickinson

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

“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

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

“Poetry and beauty are always making peace. When you read something beautiful you find coexistence; it breaks walls down.” — Mahmoud Darwish

“Poetry comes from the highest happiness or the deepest sorrow.” — A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

“Poetry is a political act because it involves telling the truth.” — June Jordan

“Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat.” — Robert Frost

“Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.” — Carl Sandburg

“Poetry is emotion, passion, love, grief—everything that is human. It is not for zombies by zombies.” — F. Sionil Jose

“Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone.” — Lawrence Ferlinghetti

“Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.” — Rita Dove

“Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers.” — Yevgeny Yevtushenko

“Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion, revolution, and the raising of consciousness.” — Alice Walker

“Poetry might be defined as the clear expression of mixed feelings.” — W.H. Auden

“Poetry, I feel, is a tyrannical discipline. You’ve got to go so far so fast in such a small space; you’ve got to burn away all the peripherals.” — Sylvia Plath

“Poetry is one of the ancient arts, and it begins as did all the fine arts, within the original wilderness of the earth.” — Mary Oliver

“The genesis of a poem for me is usually a cluster of words. The only good metaphor I can think of is a scientific one: dipping a thread into a supersaturated solution to induce crystal formation. I don’t think I solve problems in my poetry; I think I uncover the problems.” — Margaret Atwood

“The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.” — Jean Cocteau

“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.” — James Gates Percival

“To me, art begets art. Painting feeds the eye just as poetry feeds the ear, which is to say that both feed the soul.” — Susan Vreeland

“You can find poetry in your everyday life, your memory, in what people say on the bus, in the news, or just what’s in your heart.” — Carol Ann Duffy

“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