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Edmund Spenser Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Edmund Spenser

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The poets' scrolls will outlive the monuments of stone.
Genius survives; all else is claimed by death.
- Edmund Spenser

Her angel's face, As the great eye of heaven shined bright,
And made a sunshine in the shady place.
- Edmund Spenser

And all for love, and nothing for reward.
- Edmund Spenser

Sleep after toil, port after stormy seas,
Ease after war, death after life does greatly please.
- Edmund Spenser

 

Gold all is not that doth golden seem.
- Edmund Spenser

Each goodly thing is hardest to begin.
- Edmund Spenser

He that strives to touch the starts,
oft stumbles at a straw.
- Edmund Spenser

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I was promised on a time - to have reason for my rhyme;
From that time unto this season,
I received nor rhyme nor reason.
- Edmund Spenser

And he that strives to touch the stars,
Oft stumbles at a straw.
- Edmund Spenser

What more felicity can fall to creature,
than to enjoy delight with liberty?
- Edmund Spenser

Poets have said that the reason to have children is
to give yourself immortality.
Immortality? Now that I have five children,
my only hope is that they are all out of the house before I die.
- Bill Cosby

Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast
possession of definition.
- Eli Khamarov

To have great poets, there must be great audiences.
- Walt Whitman

We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.
- John Fowles

Sucking the marrow out of life
doesn't mean choking on the bone.
- Robin Williams as John Keating
in the 1989 movie Dead Poets Society

The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Nobody has ever measured, not even poets,
how much the heart can hold.
- Zelda Fitzgerald

Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Poets are the sense, philosophers the intelligence of humanity.
- Samuel Beckett

Written poetry is worth reading once,
and then should be destroyed.
Let the dead poets make way for others.
- Antonin Artaud

Many poets write books.
They'll tell you: Well, I've got my next book,
but there are two poems I need to write,
one about x, one about y. This is a wonder to me.
- Sharon Olds

Many men of science and poets have in their own manner,
by various ways and means, and aided by others,
sought unceasingly to create a more tolerable world for everyone.
- Eyvind Johnson

American poets celebrate their bodies,
very specifically, as Whitman did.
- Diane Wakoski

Let the poets cry themselves to sleep,
and all their tearful words will turn back into steam.
- Conor Oberst

I wonder what all those Chinese poets sound like in Chinese.
I like their distilled quality.
- Tom Verlaine

She knows more of love than the poets can say,
and her eyes offer something that won't go away.
- Harry Chapin

The community of poets I belong to is not as close as it used to be,
if only for the fact that our lives have become busier:
jobs,
children, and the like.
- John Barton

It's difficult to get films made, especially films about poets.
- Dougray Scott

I decided that it was not wisdom that
enabled poets to write their poetry,
but a kind of instinct or inspiration,
such as you find in seers and prophets
who deliver all their sublime messages
without knowing in the least what they mean.
- Socrates

Poets that lasting marble seek Must come in Latin or in Greek.
- Edmund Waller

Poets are people who can still see the world through the eyes of children.
- Alphonse Daudet

Women make us poets, children make us philosophers.
- Malcolm De Chazal

Poets deal in writing about feelings and trying to
find the language and images for intense feelings.
- Carol Ann Duffy

Frost is the most sophisticated of poets.
- Peter Davison

The trouble with the performance poets is that they
don't seem to have read anything.
So there is not a real sense of the poetic tradition in their work.
- Peter Davison

Poetry is the work of poets, not of peoples or communities;
artistic creation can never be anything but the production of an individual mind.
- Lascelles Abercrombie

Well, we all start thinking we're going to be Romantic rock stars,
but then reality hits and you realize no one reads you but other poets.
- George Murray

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?
- Richard P. Feynman

The ancient Greek oral poets all had this anxiety about
the deficiencies of their memories and always began
poems by praying to the Muse to help them remember.
- David Antin

It is strange, how quickly people want to obligate their poets,
as it were, on the exile.
- Peter Bichsel

In The Doors we have both musicians and poets,
and both know of each other's art, so we can effect a synthesis.
- Robby Krieger

In every age poets and social reformers have tried
to stimulate the people of their own time to a nobler
life by enchanting stories of the virtues of the heroes of old.
- Alfred Marshall

Though I may deny poets their monopoly on inspiration,
I still place them in a select group of Fortune's darlings.
- Wislawa Szymborska

Poets and heroes are of the same race,
the latter do what the former conceive.
- Alphonse de Lamartine

Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand.
- Plato

When critics are waiting to pounce upon poetic style
on exactly the same grounds as if it were prose,
the poets tremble.
- John C. Ransom

Lyrics have to be underwritten.
That's why poets generally make poor lyric writers
because the language is too rich.
You get drowned in it.
- Stephen Sondheim

I think of poets as outlaw visionaries in a way.
- Jim Jarmusch

All poets' wives have rotten lives Their husbands look at them like knives.
- Delmore Schwartz

There are some fine books and essays about that.
Lewis Hyde has written about alcoholism and poets and
the role that society gives its writers -
encouraging them to die.
- Sharon Olds

Poets go through a very tough apprenticeship in the use of words.
- Helen Dunmore

Travelers are like poets.
They are mostly an angry race.
- Richard Burton

Poets are always ahead of things in a certain way,
their sense of language and their vision.
- Jim Jarmusch

Irish poets, learn your trade, sing whatever is well made,
scorn the sort now growing up all out of shape from toe to top.
- William Butler Yeats

Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is
bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables.
Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder.
- Thomas Aquinas

I can't look at things in the simple,
large way that great poets do.
- Isaac Rosenberg

Anthropologists are a connecting link between poets and scientists;
though their field-work among primitive peoples has
often made them forget the language of science.
- Robert Graves

Poets write the words you have heard before but in a new sequence.
- Brian Harris

I'm not, by nature, a collaborator.
My biggest influences were people like painters and poets.
These are solitary workers.
- Robert Wyatt

At this moment, by an undeserved stroke of fortune,
I am the direct voice of the poets of my race and the
indirect voice for the noble Spanish and Portuguese tongues.
- Gabriela Mistral

Poets, we know, are terribly sensitive people,
and in my observation one of the things they are most
sensitive about is money.
- Robert Penn Warren

I've been influenced by poets as diverse as Dylan Thomas,
Lewis Carroll, and Edgar Allan Poe.
- Jack Prelutsky

Pound's crazy.
All poets are.
They have to be.
You don't put a poet like Pound in the loony bin.
- Ernest Hemingway

Another one of the old poets, whose name has escaped my memory at present,
called Truth the daughter of Time.
- Aulus Gellius

Southern poets are still writing narrative poems,
poems in forms, dramatic poems.
- Robert Morgan

Language ought to be the joint creation of poets and manual workers.
- George Orwell

They say poets write mostly for themselves;
if anyone else likes it,
well and good, if not, it doesn't matter;
certainly,
not to me.
- Tom Glazer

If poets were realistic, they wouldn't be poets.
- Peter Davison

It's easy to understand why the most beautiful poems
about England in the spring were written by poets living in Italy at the time.
- Philip Dunne

Great men are rare, poets are rarer,
but the great man who is a poet,
transfiguring his greatness, is the rarest of all events.
- John Drinkwater

Science is not addressed to poets.
- George Henry Lewes


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