A poet's autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko
The poet's job is to put into words those feelings we all have that are so deep, so important, and yet so difficult to name, to tell the truth in such a beautiful way, that people cannot live without it.
- Jane Kenyon
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
Always be a poet, even in prose.
- Charles Baudelaire
A poet should be so crafty with words that he is envied even for his pains.
- Criss Jami
The poet never asks for admiration; he wants to be believed.
- Jean Cocteau
He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet, though he has never written a line in all his life.
- George Sand
A poet is a man who puts up a ladder to a star and climbs it while playing a violin.
- Edmond De Goncourt
Poets don't draw. They unravel their handwriting and then tie it up again, but differently.
- Jean Cocteau
The poet is much more the one who inspires, than the one who is inspired.
- Paul Éluard
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