To have great poets there must be great audiences too.
- Walt Whitman
A poet is a man who puts up a ladder to a star and climbs it while playing a violin.
- Edmond De Goncourt
Poets are damned… but see with the eyes of angels.
- Allen Ginsberg
Poets create gods, philosophers destroy them.
- Marty Rubin
I grew up in this town, my poetry was born between the hill and the river, it took its voice from the rain, and like the timber, it steeped itself in the forests.
- Pablo Neruda
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
Poets are shameless with their experiences: they exploit them.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
A poet more than thirty years old is simply an overgrown child.
- H. L. Mencken
A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.
- W. H. Auden
The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.
- Jean Cocteau
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