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Quotations About / On: POETRY

  • 21.
    Poetry transforms and redeems the common, the hurtful, the humiliating.
    (Susan Montez (b. c. 1956), U.S. poet. As quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education, p. A43 (July 13, 1994).)
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  • 22.
    Poetry must have something in it that is barbaric, vast and wild.
    (Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French philosopher. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. Lester G. Crocker (1966). On Dramatic Poetry (1758).)
    More quotations from: Denis Diderot, poetry
  • 23.
    One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose.
    (Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. "Poets," Dictionnaire Philosophique (1764).)
  • 24.
    One has only as much morality as one has philosophy and poetry.
    (Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Idea 62 in Selected Ideas (1799-1800), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).)
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  • 25.
    Fine art, poetry, that kind of thing, elevates a nation ...
    (George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist. Middlemarch, ch. 39 (1871-1872). Said by the novel's character named Mr. Brooke, a likable but comic figure described as "nearly sixty, of acquiescent temper, miscellaneous opinions, and uncertain vote.")
  • 26.
    Versatility of education can be found in our best poetry, but the depth of mankind should be found in the philosopher.
    (Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Idea 57 in Selected Ideas (1799-1800), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).)
  • 27.
    Prose and poetry are as different as food and drink.
    (Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Dedication in an Album, Poems (1853).)
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  • 28.
    I am one of those who hold that poetry is never so blithe as in a wanton and irregular subject.
    (Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Twenty-Nine Sonnets of Etienne de La Boétie," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. I, ch. 29, Simon Millanges, Bordeaux, first edition (1580).)
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  • 29.
    At certain times, men regard poetry merely as a bright flame, but to women it was, and always will be, a warm fire.
    (Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. "Album Leaf", Poems (1830).)
  • 30.
    What raises great poetry above all else—it is the entire person and also the entire world.
    (Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Also: commemorative sheet for Friedrich von Reden and Wilhelm von Wartenegg. Album entry, Poems (1862).)
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