"Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal"
 T. S. Eliot
"I have nothing to say, I am saying it, and that is poetry"
 John Cage
"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
"Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry"
 Muriel Rukeyser
"Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular"
"I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean"
"When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses"
John F. Kennedy
"Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance"
 Carl Sandburg
"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"
Soren Kierkegaard
"Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks"
"I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty"
Edgar Allan Poe
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things"
T. S. Eliot
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