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Poets are the only people to whom love is not only a crucial, but an indispensable experience; which entitles them to mistake it for a universal one.
      - Hannah Arendt

Singing and rejoicing,
  As aye since time began,
    The dying earth's last poet
      Shall be the earth's last man.
      - Alexander Anton von Auersperg (used pseudonym Anastasius Grun),
        The Last Poet

Poets are all who love,--who feel great truths,
  And tell them.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus
         (sc. Another a a Better World)

A poet not in love is out at sea;
  He must have a lay-figure.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus (sc. Home)

Are not poets men who fulfill their hopes prematurely?
      - Honore de Balzac

Poets and men of action differ: the former yield to their feelings in order to reproduce them in lively colors, and therefore judge only ex post facto; the latter feel and judge at one and the same time.
      - Honore de Balzac

There are two kinds of poets: those who feel and those who express themselves. The former are happier.
      - Honore de Balzac

A poet's soul must contain the perfect shape of all things good, wise and just. His body must be spotless and without blemish, his life pure, his thoughts high, his studies intense.
      - Augustine Birrell

Happy the poet who with ease can steer
  From grave to gay, from lively to severe.
    [Lat., Heureux qui, dans ses vers, sait d'une voix legere
      Passer du grave au doux, du plaisant au severe.]
      - Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux, L'Art Poetique
         (I, 75)

Poets are sultans, if they had their will:
  For every author would his brother kill.
      - Roger Boyle, Baron Broghill and 1st Earl of Orrery,
        Prologues, according to Johnson

Ah, poet-dreamer, within those walls
  What triumphs shall be yours!
    For all are happy and rich and great
      In that City of By-and-by.
      - Alonzo Bartlett Bragdon, Two Landscapes

A poem's life and death dependeth still
  Not on the poet's wits, but reader's will.
      - Alexander Brome

"There's nothing great
  Nor small," has said a poet of our day,
    Whose voice will ring beyond the curfew of eve
      And not be thrown out by the matin's bell.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh
         (bk. VII),
        probably referring to Emerson's "Epigram to History", "There is no great and no small."

O brave poets, keep back nothing;
  Nor mix falsehood with the whole!
    Look up Godward! speak the truth in
      Worthy song from earnest soul!
        Hold, in high poetic duty,
          Truest Truth the fairest Beauty.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Dead Pan
         (st. 39)

God's prophets of the Beautiful,
  These Poets were.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning,
        Vision of Poets (l. 161)

All great poets have been men of great knowledge.
      - William Cullen Bryant

One fine day,
  Says Mister Mucklewraith to me, says he.
    "So! you're a poet in your house," and smiled.
      "A Poet? God forbid," I cried; and then
        It all came out: how Andrew slyly sent
          Verse to the paper; how they printed it
            In Poet's Corner.
      - Robert Williams Buchanan, Poet Andrew
         (l. 161)

Genius in the poet, like the nomad of Arabia, ever a wanderer, still ever makes a home where the well or the palm-tree invites it to pitch the tent. Perpetually passing out of himself and his own positive circumstantial condition of being into other hearts and into other conditions, the poet obtains his knowledge of human life by transporting his own life into the lives of others.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Poets alone are sure of immortality; they are the truest diviners of nature.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton,
        Caxtoniana (essay XXVII)

And poets by their sufferings grow,--
  As if there were no more to do,
    To make a poet excellent,
      But only want and discontent.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Miscellaneous Thoughts

Ovid's a rake, as half his verses show him,
  Anacreon's morals are a still worse sample,
    Catullus scarcely has a decent poem,
      I don't think Sappho's Ode a good example,
        Although Longinus tells us there is no hymn
          Where the sublime soars forth on wings more ample;
            But Virgil's songs are pure, except that horrid one
              Being with "Formosum Pastor Corydon."
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto I, st. 42)

Every poet, be his outward lot what it may, finds himself born in the midst of prose; h e has to struggle from the littleness and obstruction of an actual world into the freedom and infinitude of an ideal.
      - Thomas Carlyle

It's a man's sincerity and depth of vision that makes him a poet.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Nature, after all, is still the grand agent in making poets.
      - Thomas Carlyle

A Poet without Love were a physical and metaphysical impossibility.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Essays--Burns

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