Quotes of Composition

“ Writing is easy. All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead. ”

- Gene Fowler

“ This poem will never reach its destination. ”

- Voltaire

“ No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem. ”

- Booker T. Washington

“ Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting with the gift of speech. ”

- Simonides

“ Yes, there is a Nirvanah; it is leading your sheep to a green pasture, and in putting your child to sleep, and in writing the last line of your poem. ”

- Kahlil Gibran

“ Science is for those who learn; poetry is for those who know. ”

- Joseph Roux

“ Poetry is the language of feeling. ”

- W. Winter

“ Probably induced by the asthma, I started reading and writing early on, my literary efforts from the age of about nine running chiefly to poetry and plays. ”

- Patrick White

“ I come here to speak poetry. It will always be in the grass. It will also be necessary to bend down to hear it. It will always be too simple to be discussed in assemblies. ”

- Boris Pasternak

“ Poetry is what is lost in translation. ”

- Robert Frost

“ Enthusiasm is the divine particle in our composition: with it we are great, generous, and true; without it, we are little, false, and mean. ”

- Letitia Elizabeth Landon

“ The proposed Constitution is, in strictness, neither a national nor a federal constitution; but a composition of both. ”

- James Madison

“ Prose talks and poetry sings. ”

- Franz Grillparzer

“ Before I write down one word, I have to have the character in my mind through and through. I must penetrate into the last wrinkle of his soul. ”

- Henry Jacobsen

“ Made poetry a mere mechanic art. ”

- William Cowper

“ I never presumed that a technique of composition or an idea was so special that just using it would guarantee the quality of the music. ”

- Robert Morris

“ You might lose your spontaneity and, instead of composing first-rate Gershwin, end up with second rate Ravel. ”

- Maurice Ravel

“ Poetry is what gets lost in translation. ”

- Robert Frost

“ There's no money in poetry, but there's no poetry in money, either. ”

- Robert von Ranke Graves

“ What I wanted and what I visualized while composing has not always been realized. ”

- Gustav Mahler

“ Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance. ”

- Carl Sandburg

“ The only right is what is after my constitution; the only wrong is what is against it. ”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“ The primary function of the government is - and here I am quoting directly from the U.S. Constitution - "to spew out paper. ”

- Dave Barry

“ Your manuscript is both good and original; but the parts that are good are not original, and the parts that are original are not good. ”

- Samuel Johnson

“ Any healthy man can go without food for two days — but not without poetry. ”

- Charles Baudelaire

“ I have nothing to say, I am saying it, and that is poetry. ”

- John Cage

“ Good poetry seems too simple and natural a thing that when we meet it we wonder that all men are not always poets. Poetry is nothing but healthy speech. ”

- Henry David Thoreau

“ Why then we should drop into poetry. ”

- Charles Dickens

“ If music and sweet poetry agree. ”

- Richard Barnfield

“ The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is the example of the eternal seductiveness of life. ”

- Jean Giraudoux
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