A Quote by Hazel Felleman on work, challenge, poem, and poetry


Thank God for the might of it,
The ardor, the urge, the delight of it--
Work that springs from the heart's desire,
Setting the brain and the soul on fire--
Oh, what is so good as the heat of it,
And what is so glad as the beat of it,
And what is so kind as the stern command,
Challenging brain and heart and hand? ...

(excerpt of poem by Angela Morgan)

Hazel Felleman

Source: Poems That Live Forever, Pages: 439..440

Contributed by: Alane

A Quote by Rabindranath Tagore on verse, poem, tagore, god, peace, and gitanjali

Thou hast made me endless, such is thy pleasure. This frail vessel thou emptiest again and again, and fillest it ever with fresh life.

This little flute of a reed thou hast carried over hills and dales, and hast breathed through it melodies eternally new.

At the immortal touch of thy hands my little heart loses its limits in joy and gives birth to utterance ineffable.

Thy infinite gifts come to me only on these very small hands of mine. Ages pass, and still thou pourest, and still there is room to fill.

Rabindranath Tagore (1861 - 1941)

Source: Gitanjali

Contributed by: Rahul

A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on childhood, poem, and excess

An excess of childhood is the germ of a poem.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 100

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by Claribel Alegria on poem and loving

Don't set up barriers It's useless My unsheathed heart Hurtles toward you

Claribel Alegria

Contributed by: Jude

A Quote by Dan Simmons on book, poem, and completion

No book or poem is ever finished, merely abandoned.

Dan Simmons

Source: Hyperion, Pages: 203

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by David Carradine on poet and poem


If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.

David Carradine

Contributed by: Lynie

A Quote by Siddhartha Gautama Buddha on buddha, dharma, sangha, dhammapada, good, pure, saint, gatha, stanza, and poem

Avoid all evil, practice all good, and purify your mind from impurities. This is the teaching of all Buddhas.

Buddha (563 - 483 BC)

Source: Dhammapada

Contributed by: Kumgang

A Quote by Shams-ud-din Muhammad (Hafiz) on poem and poetry

Dropping Keys

The small man
Builds cages
For everyone
While the sage,
Who has to duck his head
When the moon is low,
Keeps dropping keys all night long
For the


Source: The Gift

Contributed by: FractalUniverse

A Quote by unknown on life, death, zen, poem, birth, and impermanence

Coming empty-handed, going empty-handed -- that is human.
When you are born, Where do you come from?
When you die, where do you go?
Life is like a floating cloud which appears.
Death is like a floating cloud which disappears.
The floating cloud itself originally does not exist.
Life and death, coming and going, are also like that.
But there is one thing which always remains clear.
It is pure and clear, not depending on life and death.

What, then, is the one pure and clear thing?


Source: The Human Route -- ancient Zen poem

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

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