Heaven deliver us, what's a poet? Something that can't go to bed without making a song about it.
- Dorothy L. Sayers
Poets are shameless with their experiences: they exploit them.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.
- Jean Cocteau
Always be a poet, even in prose.
- Charles Baudelaire
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
Poets are never unemployed, just unpaid.
- Kathy Skaggs
The poet is much more the one who inspires, than the one who is inspired.
- Paul Éluard
A poet's mission is to make words do more work than they normally do, to make them work on more than one level.
- Jay Z
We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.
A poet is a man who puts up a ladder to a star and climbs it while playing a violin.
- Edmond De Goncourt
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