poetry

A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on dawn, divinity, expectation, labor, learning, life, and poetry

The millions are awake enough for physical labor; but only one in a million is awake enough for effective intellectual exertion, only one in a hundred million to a poetic or divine life. To be awake is to be alive. . . . We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

Source: Walden (1854), I, Economy

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on inspiration, losing, and poetry

Our moments of inspiration are not lost though we have no particular poem to show for them; for those experiences have left an indelible impression, and we are ever and anon reminded of them.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on books, business, civilization, crime, history, life, literature, philosophy, poetry, science, silence, and thought

Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry Beston on awareness, earth, and poetry

It is only when we are aware of the earth and of the earth as poetry that we truly live.

Henry Beston (1888 - 1968)

Source: Herbs and the Earth, 1935

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A Quote by Henrik Ibsen on judgment, poetry, and soul

Poetry is to hold judgment on your soul.

Henrik Ibsen (1828 - 1906)

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A Quote by Henri Louis Bergson on faith, kindness, meaning, originality, and poetry

All the translations of a poem in all possible languages may add nuance to nuance and, by a kind of mutual retouching, by correcting one another, may give an increasingly faithful picture of the poem they translate, yet they will never give the inner meaning of the original.

Henri Bergson (1859 - 1941)

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A Quote by Hans Sachs on dreams, inspiration, and poetry

All poetic inspiration is but dream interpretation.

Hans Sachs

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A Quote by Gwendolyn Brooks on life and poetry

Poetry is life distilled.

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917 - 2000)

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A Quote by Gustave Flaubert on poetry and science

Poetry is as exact a science as geometry.

Gustave Flaubert (1821 - 1880)

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A Quote by Grace Noll on day, earth, god, gold, and poetry

God wrote His loveliest poem on the day He made the first silver poplar tree, And set it high upon a pale-gold hill For all the new enchanted earth to see.

Grace Noll

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