If you know what you are going to write when you're writing a poem, it's going to be average.
- Derek Walcott
I don't create poetry, I create myself, for me my poems are a way to me.
- Edith Södergran
A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.
- W. H. Auden
All good poems are victories over something.
- Stephen Dunn
Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand.
Always be a poet, even in prose.
- Charles Baudelaire
Not everyone who drinks is a poet. Some of us drink because we're not poets.
- Dudley Moore
Poets are shameless with their experiences: they exploit them.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
To have great poets there must be great audiences too.
- Walt Whitman
Poets are damned… but see with the eyes of angels.
- Allen Ginsberg
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