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A Quote by Plato on love, poetry, loving, poets, and writing

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.

Plato (c.427 - 347 BC)

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A Quote by Thomas Merton on monks and poets

I stand before you tonight to represent the people who do not count: The poor, the poets, and monks. As long as there are people who are trying to realize the divine in themselves, there shall be hope in the world.

Thomas Merton (1915 - 1968)

Source: Tales of Wonder: Adventures Chasing the Divine, an Autobiography

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A Quote by Kahlil Gibran on poetry and poets

A poet is a bird of unearthly excellence, who escapes from his celestial realm and arrives in this world warbling. If we do not cherish him, he spreads his wings and flies back to his homeland.

Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)

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A Quote by Jean Cocteau on poets, dreamers, grownup, and adults

There are poets and there are grownups.

Jean Cocteau (1889 - 1963)

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A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot on poetry, poets, personality, emotions, expression, escape, and t s elliot

Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

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A Quote by Walt Whitman on poets

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"For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you."  

Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)

Source: Leaves of Grass

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A Quote by Walt Whitman on poets and death

All goes onward and outward, nothing collapses,
And to die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier.  

Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)

Source: Leaves of Grass

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A Quote by Charlie Smith on love, home, friends, poets, and nostalgia

I was filled with longing
for joyful permanent fixations, and insight,
for play and a secular individualism,
a spiritual life and some unnameable
opportunity like a right I vaguely
remembered and couldn't get purchase on.
It was no good.
It took me years and one mistake
after another to realize this
and even then I simply got washed out,
put aside
I didn't really learn a lesson.
I know it's not so much the mistakes
not the divisions, or cultural impediments,
the threats and isolation techniques
we run on each other
it's the heart.
My father went to his grave unchanged.
So did Poe.
And beautiful Anna Karenina.
And Ovid. Consuela Concepcion, too, my piano teacher.
They say in the end
Mussolini was so terrified his mind seized and he couldn't speak.
He sat there swelled-up and bug-eyed. This is not it.
Or anyone drowning or
lurching from the fire shrieking he didn't want this to happen.
There is so much gibberish. And imprecision.
No wonder we lock in.
Like you, I get scared.
I used to go to my friend's house,
sink into the old sofa on his back porch
and read all day. His family
and the ducks and dogs would pass by, let me be - discreet love-  I'd feel safe

Charlie Smith

Source: "Honesty" - see http://www.nortonpoets.com/ex/smithcheroin.htm

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A Quote by Abraham H. Maslow on actualize, music, musicians, nature, needs, peace, and poets

Musicians must make music, artists must paint, poets must write if they are to be ultimately at peace with themselves. What human beings can be, they must be. They must be true to their own nature. This need we may call self-actualization.

Abraham Maslow (1908 - 1970)

Source: Motivation & Personality

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A Quote by Dr. Deepak Chopra on creativity, inspiration, knowledge, learning, poets, reflection, silence, stability, sufi, and teachers

Silence is the great teacher, and to learn its lessons you must pay attention to it. There is no substitute for the creative inspiration, knowledge, and stability that come from knowing how to contact your core of inner silence. The great Sufi poet Rumi wrote, ''Only let the moving waters calm down, and the sun and moon will be reflected on the surface of your being.

Deepak Chopra

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