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Alfred, Lord Tennyson
   said   
"Be Near Me when My Light is Low… And All the Wheels O Being Slow"
English poet
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
   said   
"I Am a Part of All That I Have Seen"
English poet
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
   said   
"Knowledge Comes, but Wisdom Stays"
English poet
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
   said   
"Let the Great World Spin for Ever Down the Ringing Grooves of Change"
English poet
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
   said   
"My Strength is As the Strength of Ten, Because My Heart is Pure"
English poet
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
   said   
"Self-reverence, Self-knowledge, Self-control - These Three Alone Lead Life to Sovereign"
English poet
Allen Ginsberg
   said   
"What if Someone Gave a War and Nobody Came?"
American beat poet
Carl Sandburg
   said   
"Poetry is an Echo, Asking a Shadow to Dance"
American poet
Charles Pierre Baudelaire
   said   
"A Sweetheart is a Bottle of Wine, a Wife is a Wine Bottle"
French poet, critic and acclaimed translator
Emily Dickinson
   said   
"Finite to Fail, but Infinite to Venture"
American poet
Eustache Deschamps
   said   
"Friends Are Relatives You Make for Yourself"
French medieval poet
Henry Austin Dobson
   said   
"Time Goes, You Say? Ah No! Alas, Time Stays, We Go"
English poet and essayist
Henry W. Longfellow
   said   
"Great is the Art of Beginning, but Greater is the Art of Ending"
US poet
Henry W. Longfellow
   said   
"Hope Has As Many Lives As a Cat or a King"
US poet
Henry W. Longfellow
   said   
"It Takes Less Time to Do Things Right Than to Explain Why You Did It Wrong"
US poet
Henry W. Longfellow
   said   
"Most People Would Succeed in Small Things if They Were Not Troubled With Great Ambitions"
US poet
Horace
   said   
"No Verse Can Give Pleasure for Long, nor Last, That is Written by Drinkers of Water"
Latin lyric poet
James Montgomery
   said   
"Joy is Too Exquisite to Last and Yet More Exquisite when Past"
Poet
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
   said   
"I Respect the Man Who Knows Distinctly What He Wishes. The Greater Part of All Mischief in the World Arises from the Fact That Men Do Not Sufficiently Understand Their Own Aims."
German poet, novelist, playwright, natural philosopher and diplomat
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
   said   
"Just Trust Yourself and You Will Learn the Art of Living"
Faust
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
   said   
"Knowing is Not Enough; We Must Apply. Willing is Not Enough; We Must Do."
German poet, novelist, playwright, natural philosopher and diplomat
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
   said   
"Nothing is More Terrible Than Ignorance in Action"
German poet, novelist, playwright, natural philosopher and diplomat
John Dryden
   said   
"Dancing is the Poetry of the Foot"
English poet, dramatist and critic
John Keats
   said   
"I Am Convinced More and More Day by Day That Fine Writing is Next to Fine Doing, the Top Thing in the World"
Was one of the principal poets of the English Romantic movement
John Kells
   said   
"The Dust of Some is Irish Earth, Among Their Own They Rest"
Irish poet, patriot and scholar
John Milton
   said   
"Better Reign Hell, Than Serve in Heaven"
English poet
John Milton
   said   
"A Good Book is the Precious Lifeblood of a Master Spirit"
English Poet
John Milton
   said   
"Nothing Profits More Than Self-esteem, Grounded in What is Just and Right"
English poet
Joseph Addison
   said   
"Of All the Diversions of Life, There is None So Proper to Fill up Its Empty Spaces As the Reading of Useful and Entertaining Authors"
English essayist, poet and dramatist
Les A. Murray
   said   
"The Trouble With Being the Best Man Is, You Don't Get a Chance to Prove It"
Australian poet b. 1938
Lord Byron
   said   
"I Like the Weather, when is Not Rainy, That Is, I Like Two Months of Every Year"
English poet and a leading figure in Romanticism
Louis MacNeice
   said   
"Better Authentic Mammon Than a Bogus God"
British poet, born in Belfast
Lucretius
   said   
"Nothing Can Be Created out of Nothing"
Roman poet, c.94-55 BC
Matsuo Bashó
   said   
"Days and Months Are Itinerants on an Eternal Journey; the Years That Pass by Are Also Travelers"
Japanese poet of the Edo period
Nicolas Boileau
   said   
"A Fool Always Finds a Greater Fool to Admire Him"
French poet and critic
Octavio Paz
   said   
"Deserve Your Dream"
Mexican poet, writer and diplomat
Octavio Paz
   said   
"Love is an Attempt at Penetrating Another Being, but It Can Only Succeed if the Surrender is Mutual"
Mexican poet, writer and diplomat
Octavio Paz
   said   
"Solitude is the Profoundest Fact of the Human Condition. Man is the Only Being Who Knows He is Alone"
Mexican poet, writer and diplomat
Octavio Paz
   said   
"What Distinguishes Modern Art from the Art of Other Ages is Criticism"
Mexican poet, writer and diplomat
Ogden Nash
   said   
"Candy is Dandy but Liquor is Quicker"
American poet
Oscar Wilde
   said   
"All Charming People, I Fancy, Are Spoiled. It is the Secret of Their Attraction"
Oscar Wilde
   said   
"Bigamy is Having One Wife Too Many. Monogamy is the Same"
Irish poet and dramatist
Oscar Wilde
   said   
"Biography Lends to Death a New Terror"
Irish poet and dramatist
Oscar Wilde
   said   
"The Books That the World Calls Immoral Are the Books That Show the World Its Own Shame"
Oscar Wilde
   said   
"Consistency is the Last Refuge of the Unimaginative"
Irish poet and dramatist
Oscar Wilde
   said   
"I Can Believe Anything, Provided That It is Quite Incredible."
Irish Poet and Playwright
Oscar Wilde
   said   
"Ignorance is Like a Delicate Fruit, Touch It, and the Bloom is Gone"
Oscar Wilde
   said   
"The Old-fashioned Respect for the Young is Fast Dying Out"
Irish poet and dramatist
Oscar Wilde
   said   
"Work is the Curse of the Drinking Classes"
Irish poet and dramatist
Ovid
   said   
"Everything Comes Gradually and at Its Appointed Hour"
Publius Ovidius Naso. Roman poet
Ovid
   said   
"Fortune and Love Befriend the Bold"
Publius Ovidius Naso. Roman poet
Ovid
   said   
"Let Your Hook Be Always Cast; in the Pool Where You Least Expect It, There Will Be a Fish"
Publius Ovidius Naso. Roman poet
Ovid
   said   
"Nothing is Stronger Than Habit"
Publius Ovidius Naso. Roman poet
Ovid
   said   
"Take Rest. A Field That Has Rested Gives a Beautiful Crop"
Publius Ovidius Naso. Roman poet
Pablo Neruda
   said   
"I Love You Without Knowing How, or When, or from Where. I Love You Straightforwardly, Without Complexities or Pride; So I Love You Because I Know No Other Way"
Chilean poet, diplomat and politician. Won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971
Pablo Neruda
   said   
"Peace Goes Into the Making of a Poem As Flour Goes Into the Making of Bread"
Chilean poet, diplomat and politician. Won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971
Rabindranath Tagore
   said   
"Age Considers; Youth Ventures"
Indian educator & Bengali poet
Rabindranath Tagore
   said   
"Every Difficulty Slurred over Will Be a Ghost to Disturb Your Repose Latter On"
Indian educator & Bengali poet
Rabindranath Tagore
   said   
"Faith is the Bird That Sings when the Dawn is Still Dark"
Indian educator & Bengali poet
Rabindranath Tagore
   said   
"If You Shut the Door to All Errors, Truth Will Be Shut Out"
Indian educator & Bengali poet
Rabindranath Tagore
   said   
"Trees Are the Earth’s Endless Effort to Speak to the Listening Heaven"
Indian educator & Bengali poet
Rabindranath Tagore
   said   
"You Can’t Cross the Sea Merely by Standing an Staring at the Water"
Indian educator & Bengali poet
Robert Browning
   said   
"Ignorance is Not Innocence, but Sin"
English poet
Robert Frost
   said   
"By Working Faithfully Eight Hours a Day You May Eventually Get to Be a Boss and Work Twelve Hours a Day"
American poet
Robert Frost
   said   
"A Jury Consists of Twelve Persons Chosen to Decide Who Has the Better Lawyer"
American Poet
Samuel Butler
   said   
"Friendship is Like Money, Easier Made Than Kept"
English poet
Stanislaw J. Lec
   said   
"You Must First Have a Lot of Patience to Learn to Have Patience"
Polish Poet and aphorist
Thomas Bailey Aldrich
   said   
"To Keep the Heart Unwrinkled, to Be Hopeful, Kindly, Cheerful, Reverent - That is to Triumph over Old Age"
American poet, novelist, traveler and editor
T. S. Eliot
   said   
"Success is Relative. It is What We Can Make of the Mess We Have Made of Things"
British (US-born) critic, dramatist & poet
T. S. Eliot
   said   
"What We Call the Beginning if Often the End. And to Make an End is to Make a Beginning. The End is Where We Start From"
British (US-born) critic, dramatist & poet
Vita Sackville-West
   said   
"Travel is the Most Private of Pleasures. There is No Greater Bore Than the Travel Bore"
English poet, novelist and gardener
Walt Whitman
   said   
"And Your Very Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem"
Poet
Walt Whitman
   said   
"A Great City is That of Which Have the Greatest Men and Women"
Poet
Walt Whitman
   said   
"I Believe a Leaf of Grass is No Less Than the Journey Work of the Stars"
From Song of Myself
Walt Whitman
   said   
"I Celebrate Myself, and Sing Myself"
American poet from Song of Myself
W. H. Auden
   said   
"One Cannot Review a Bad Book Without Showing Off"
Anglo-American poet
Wilfred Owen
   said   
"All a Poet Can Do Today is Warn"
English poet killed in WWI
William Blake
   said   
"It is Easier to Forgive an Enemy That to Forgive a Friend"
William Cowper
   said   
"Knowledge is Proud That He Has Learned So Much, Wisdom is Humble That He Knows No More."


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