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Louis-Aimé Martin

Kindness, the poetry of the heart.

Character | Heart | Kindness | Poetry |

Matsuo Bashō, born Matsuo Kinsaku, then Matsuo Chūemon Munefusa

Go to the pine if you want to learn about the pine, or to the bamboo if you want to learn about the bamboo. And in so doing you must let go of your subjective preoccupation with yourself.... Your poetry arises by itself when you and the object become one.

Character | Object | Poetry | Learn |

Thomas Chalmers

Benevolence is not in word and in tongue, but in deed and in truth. It is a business with men as they are, and with human life as drawn by the rough hand of experience. It is a duty which you must perform at the call of principle; though there be no voice of eloquence to give splendor to your exertions, and no music of poetry to lead your willing footsteps through the bowers of enchantment. It is not the impulse of high and ecstatic emotion. It is an exertion of principle. :You must go to the poor man’s cottage, though no verdure flourish around it, the gentleness of its murmurs. If you look for the romantic simplicity of fiction you will be disappointed; but it is your duty to persevere in spite of every discouragement. Benevolence is not merely a feeling but a principle; not a dream of rapture for the fancy to indulge in, but a business for the hand to execute.

Benevolence | Business | Character | Duty | Experience | Gentleness | Impulse | Life | Life | Man | Men | Music | Poetry | Simplicity | Truth | Will | Business |

William Cowper

The art of poetry is to touch the passions, and its duty to lead them on the side of virtue.

Art | Character | Duty | Poetry | Virtue | Virtue | Art |

Heinrich Heine

What poetry there is in human tears!

Character | Poetry | Tears | Wisdom |

Michel de Montaigne, fully Lord Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Here is a wonder: we have many more poets than judges and interpreters of poetry. It is easier to create it than to understand it. On a certain low level it can be judged by precepts and by art. But the good, supreme, divine poetry is above the rules and reason.

Art | Character | Good | Poetry | Reason | Wonder | Understand |

Brooks Atkinson, fully Justin Brooks Atkinson

It takes most men five years to recover from a college education, and to learn that poetry is as vital to thinking as knowledge.

Education | Knowledge | Men | Poetry | Thinking | Wisdom | Learn |

W. H. Auden, fully Wystan Hugh Auden

A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate, it goes on to become.

Art | Music | Poetry | Wisdom | Art |

Charles Darwin, fully Charles Robert Darwin

If I had my life to live again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week; for perhaps the parts of my brain now atrophied would thus have been kept active through use. The loss of these tastes is a loss of happiness, and may possibly be injurious to the intellect, and more probably to the moral character, by enfeebling the emotional part of our nature.

Character | Life | Life | Music | Nature | Poetry | Rule | Wisdom | Loss |

Charles Darwin, fully Charles Robert Darwin

If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once a week; for perhaps the parts of my brain now atrophied would have thus been kept active through use. The loss of these tastes is a loss of happiness, and may possibly be injurious to the intellect, and more probably to the moral character, by enfeebling the emotional part of our nature.

Character | Life | Life | Music | Nature | Poetry | Rule | Wisdom | Loss |

Cyril Connolly, fully Cyril Vernon Connolly

Most people do not believe in anything very much and our greatest poetry is given to us by those who do.

People | Poetry | Wisdom |

Cyril Connolly, fully Cyril Vernon Connolly

In my religion there would be no exclusive doctrine; all would be love, poetry and doubt.

Doctrine | Doubt | Love | Poetry | Religion | Wisdom |

John Dewey

We are weak today in ideal matters because intelligence is divorced from aspiration. The bare force of circumstance compels us onwards in the daily detail of our beliefs and acts, but our deeper thoughts and desires turn backwards. When philosophy shall have co-operated with the course of events and made clear and coherent the meaning of the daily detail, science and emotion will interpenetrate, practice and imagination will embrace. Poetry and religious feeling will be the unforced flowers of life. To further this articulation and revelation of the meanings of the current course of events is the task and problem of philosophy in days of transition.

Aspiration | Events | Force | Imagination | Intelligence | Life | Life | Meaning | Philosophy | Poetry | Practice | Revelation | Science | Will | Wisdom | Circumstance |

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Superstition is the poetry of life.

Life | Life | Poetry | Superstition | Wisdom |

Zona Gale

I don't know a better preparation for life than a love of poetry and a good digestion.

Better | Good | Life | Life | Love | Poetry | Wisdom |

Alphonso A. Hopkins

Poetry begotten of passion is ever debasing; poetry born of real heartfulness, always ennobles and uplifts.

Passion | Poetry | Wisdom |

Robinson Jeffers, fully John Robinson Jeffers

Poetry is not a civilizer, rather the reverse, for great poetry appeals to the most primitive instincts... It is a beautiful work of nature, like an eagle or a high sunrise.

Nature | Poetry | Wisdom | Work |