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50 of the best book quotes about poetry
  1. #1
    “We love the things we love for what they are.”
  2. #2
    “So Eden sank to grief,
    So dawn goes down to day.
    Nothing gold can stay.”
  3. #3
    “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
    Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
    Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
    And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
    Sometimes too hot the eye of heaven shines,
    And too often is his gold complexion dimm’d:
    And every fair from fair sometimes declines,
    By chance or natures changing course untrimm’d;
    By thy eternal summer shall not fade,
    Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
    Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
    When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
    So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
    So long lives this and this gives life to thee.”
  4. #4
    “Some say the world will end in fire,
    Some say in ice.”
  5. #5
    “Next to nothing for weight,
    And since they grew duller
    From contact with earth,
    Next to nothing for color.”
  6. #6
    “Ah, when to the heart of man
    Was it ever less than a treason
    To go with the drift of things,
    To yield with a grace to reason,
    And bow and accept the end
    Of a love or a season?”
  7. #7
    “He says the best way out is always through.
    And I agree to that, or in so far
    As that I can see no way out but through—
    Leastways for me — and then they’ll be convinced.”
  8. #8
    “Next to nothing for use.
    But a crop is a crop,
    And who’s to say where
    The harvest shall stop?”
  9. #9
    “My long scythe whispered and left the hay to make.”
  10. #10
    “The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep.”
  11. #11
    “The way a crow
    Shook down on me
    The dust of snow
    From a hemlock tree
    Has given my heart
    A change of mood
    And saved some part
    Of a day I had rued.”
  12. #12
    “Anything more than the truth would have seemed too weak . . . ”
  13. #13
    “How countlessly they congregate
    O’er our tumultuous snow,
    Which flows in shapes as tall as trees
    When wintry winds do blow!”
  14. #14
    “I’d like to go by climbing a birch tree,
    And climb black branches up a snow-white trunk
    Toward heaven, till the tree could bear no more,
    But dipped its top and set me down again.
    That would be good both going and coming back.
    One could do worse than be a swinger of birches.”
  15. #15
    “When I see birches bend to left and right
    Across the lines of straighter darker trees,
    I like to think some boy’s been swinging them.”
  16. #16
    “This poetry. I never know what I’m going to say.
    I don’t plan it.
    When I’m outside the saying of it,
    I get very quiet and rarely speak at all.”
  17. #17
    “It was no dream of the gift of idle hours,
    Or easy gold at the hand of fay or elf . . . ”
  18. #18
    “The city had withdrawn into itself
    And left at last the country to the country;”
  19. #19
    “Before man came to blow it right
    The wind once blew itself untaught,
    And did its loudest day and night
    In any rough place where it caught.”
  20. #20
    “My words itch at your ears till you understand them”
  21. #21
    “This is thy hour O Soul, thy free flight into the wordless,
    Away from books, away from art, the day erased, the lesson done,
    Thee fully forth emerging, silent, gazing, pondering the themes thou lovest best.
    Night, sleep, and the stars.”
  22. #22
    “Let your soul stand cool and composed
    before a million universes.”
  23. #23
    “Stranger, if you passing meet me and desire to speak to me, why should you not speak to me?
    And why should I not speak to you?”
  24. #24
    “Long enough have you dream’d contemptible dreams,
    Now I wash the gum from your eyes,
    You must habit yourself to the dazzle of the light
    and of every moment of your life”
  25. #25
    “I am not to speak to you, I am to think of you when I sit alone or
    wake at night alone,
    I am to wait, I do not doubt I am to meet you again,
    I am to see to it that I do not lose you.”
  26. #26
    “If you want me again look for me under your boot-soles.”
  27. #27
    “Failing to fetch me at first, keep encouraged. Missing me one place, search another. I stop somewhere waiting for you.”
  28. #28
    “Nature’s first green is gold,
    Her hardest hue to hold.”
  29. #29
    “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. So 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.”
  30. #30
    “Resist much, obey little.”
  31. #31
    “O serpent heart hid with a flowering face!
    Did ever a dragon keep so fair a cave?
    Beautiful tyrant, feind angelical, dove feather raven, wolvish-ravening lamb! Despised substance of devinest show, just opposite to what thou justly seemest - A dammed saint, an honourable villain!”
  32. #32
    “Don’t you just love poetry that gives you a crinkly feeling up and down your back?”
  33. #33
    “I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake.”
  34. #34
    “Let me not to the marriage of true minds
    Admit impediments. Love is not love
    Which alters when it alteration finds,
    Or bends with the remover to remove.
    O no, it is an ever-fixed mark
    That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
    It is the star to every wand’ring barque,
    Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
    Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
    Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
    Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
    But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
    If this be error and upon me proved,
    I never writ, nor no man ever loved.”
  35. #35
    “And as to me, I know nothing else but miracles”
  36. #36
    “I will sleep no more but arise, You oceans that have been calm within me! how I feel you, fathomless, stirring, preparing unprecedented waves and storms.”
  37. #37
    “I do not ask the wounded person how he feels, I myself become the wounded person.”
  38. #38
    “Battles are lost in the same spirit in which they are won.”
  39. #39
    “I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable,
    I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.”
  40. #40
    “I accept Time absolutely.
    It alone is without flaw,
    It alone rounds and completes all,
    That mystic baffling wonder.”
  41. #41
    “Give me the splendid, silent sun with all his beams full-dazzling.”
  42. #42
    “I have been one acquainted with the night.”
  43. #43
    “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.”
  44. #44
    “Oh, I kept the first for another day!
    Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
    I doubted if I should ever come back.”
  45. #45
    “But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
    It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.”
  46. #46
    “Peace is always beautiful.”
  47. #47
    “I am satisfied ... I see, dance, laugh, sing.”
  48. #48
    “A thousand Christmas trees I didn’t know I had!
    Worth three cents more to give away than sell,
    As may be shown by a simple calculation.
    Too bad I couldn’t lay one in a letter.
    I can’t help wishing I could send you one,
    In wishing you herewith a Merry Christmas.”
  49. #49
    “Whose woods these are I think I know
    His house is in the village though;
    He will not see me stopping here
    To watch his woods fill up with snow.”
  50. #50
    “But I am done with apple-picking now.
    Essence of winter sleep is on the night,
    The scent of apples: I am drowsing off.”
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