As a poet and as a mathematician, he would reason well; as a mere mathematician, he could not have reasoned at all, and thus would have been at the mercy of the Prefect
When a poet's mind is perfectly equipped for its work, it is constantly amalgamating disparate experiences.
Next to being a great poet, is the power of understanding one
The poet produces the beautiful by fixing his attention on something real
Poets, like whores, are only hated by each other
Trust me, no tortures which the poets feign, can match the fierce, the unutterable pain, he feels, who night and day, devoid of rest, carries his own accuser in his breast
While pensive poets painful vigils keep - Sleepless themselves to give their readers sleep
A poet is a man who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms, to be struck by lightning five or six times
Poets are born, not made
Perhaps no person can be a poet, or can even enjoy poetry, without a certain unsoundness of mind.
Poets say science takes away from the beauty of the stars - mere globs of gas atoms. I, too, can see the stars on a desert night, and feel them. But do I see less or more?
Any poet, if he is to survive beyond his 25th year, must alter; he must seek new literary influences; he will have different emotions to express.
Poets are born but orators are made
Money is everywhere but so is poetry. What we lack are the poets.
The poet is in the end probably more afraid of the dogmatist who wants to extract the message from the poem and throw the poem away than he is of the sentimentalist who says, Oh, just let me enjoy the poem.
Every poet knows the pun is Pierian, that it springs from the same soil as the Muse. a matching and shifting of vowels and consonants, an adroit assonance sometimes derided as jackassonance.
To be a poet at twenty is to be twenty: to be a poet at forty is to be a poet
The poet knows himself only on the condition that things resound in him, and that in him, at a single awakening, they and he come forth together out of sleep.
Let the poet always walk thus
The poet, whether in prose or verse, the creator, can only stamp his images forcibly on the page, in proportion, as he has forcibly felt, ardently nursed, and long brooded over them
Each memorable verse of a true poet has two or three times the written content.
Poets don't draw. They unravel their handwriting and then tie it up again, but differently.
Poets are like baseball pitchers. Both have their moments. The intervals are the tough things.
The poet only desires exaltation and expansion. The poet only asks to get his head into the heavens. It is the logician who seeks to get the heavens into his head -- and it is his head that splits.
There is something about a poet which leads us to believe that he died, in many cases, as long as 20 years before his birth.