Poets & Poetry Quotations


One sentence of perennial poetry would make me forget—would atone for volumes of mere science. — Journal, 5 August 1851—Journal, 5 August 1851
Poetry implies the whole truth. Philosophy expresses a particle of it. — Journal, 26 January 1852—Journal, 26 January 1852
Poets and philosophers and statesmen thus spring up in the country pastures, and outlast the hosts of unoriginal men. — "Wild Apples"—"Wild Apples"
Some of these sublime sentences, as the Chaldaean oracles of Zoroaster, still surviving after a thousand revolutions and translations, alone make us doubt if the poetic form and dress are not transitory, and not essential to the most effective and enduring expression of thought. — A Week on the Concord and Merrimack RiversA Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
The art of life, of a poet's life is, not having any thing to do, to do something. — Journal, 29 April 1852—Journal, 29 April 1852
The best philosophy untrue that aims But to console man for his grievances. — "Natural History of Massachusetts"—"Natural History of Massachusetts"
The heroic books, even if printed in the character of our mother tongue, will always be in a language dead to degenerate times; and we must laboriously seek the meaning of each word and line, conjecturing a larger sense than common use permits out of what wisdom and valor and generosity we have. — WaldenWalden
The language of poetry is infantile. It cannot talk. — Journal, 23 February 1842—Journal, 23 February 1842
The mass of men are very unpoetic yet that Adam that names things is always a poet. — Journal, 30 July 1853—Journal, 30 July 1853
The morning wind forever blows, the poem of creation is uninterrupted; but few are the ears that hear it. — WaldenWalden
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