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Great selection of quotes from a previously undiscovered website : Thanks Thought Catalog!
Charles Saatchi seduced me into spending NZ$25.99 on his latest book.
He made the edges of each page gold.
He made the perfectly-sized cover black and just the right sort of texture.
He included a black bookmark.
I would have bought it without even looking inside.
Inside is his favourite ever headline : “Legg Heads Arms Body”.
Sir Thomas Legg’s appointment in 1999 to lead an inquiry into sales of arms to Sierra Leone.
Inside is his favourite joke : All those who believe in telekenesis, raise my hand.
Inside is fun, but the book itself is A MOMENT OF GREAT BEAUTY.
Now I want more….Saatchi Mo’.
Poems show us that we are both more and less than human, that we’re part of the chaos, and that everything is a part of everything else. Julia Casterton
Poetry speaks to something in us that so wants to be filled. it speaks to the great hunger of the soul. Lucille Clifton
A good poem is almost always about something else, which is why they are so hard to write. Charles Causley
A poem is an approach towards a truth. but poems can be funny, witty, quirky and sly. They can be mischievous, tricksterish. Their truths don’t sound like the truths of the courtroom or inquest. Does this, then, show us something about the nature of truth? Can we say there are many truths, or, rather, many aspects of Truth? That truth itself is a shape-shifter? Kathleen Jamie
Sometimes a poem can change people’s lives, strengthen and focus people’s beliefs. And if people can change, that can change the world. Adrian Mitchell
Of course poetry is irrelevant to the “real” world of power and politics, but so is philosophy, painting, music and any other human activity where something genuine can be found. Charles Simic
All of the above taken from Being Alive edited by Neil Astley Bloodaxe Books 2004
One should only read books which bite and sting one. If the book we are reading does not wake us up with a blow to the head, what’s the point in reading? A book must be the axe which smashes the frozen sea within us. Franz Kafka
If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire ever can warm me I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. Emily Dickinson
Poetry; the best words in the best order. Coleridge
Poetry is the art of using words charged with their utmost meaning. Dana Gioia
It is a widening of consciousness, an extension of humanity. We sense an ideal version when we read, and with it arm ourselves, to quarrel with reality. David Constantine
Poems come out of wonder, not out of knowing. Lucille Clifton
A writer is not interested in explaining reality; he’s interested in capturing it.Brendan Kennelly
Poetry helps us to understand common things better…Poetry will not teach us how to live well, but it will incite in us the wish to. David Constantine
Poetry is a zoo in which you keep demons and angels. Les Murray
Poetry is a way of talking about things that frighten you. Mick Imlah
If I knew where poems came from, I’d go there. Michael Longley
All quotes above taken from the wonderful STAYING ALIVE Real Poems for Unreal Times edited by Neil Astley (Miramax Books).
We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. Dead Poets Society
Taken from the equally wonderful BEING HUMAN edited by Neil Astley (Bloodaxe Books)
I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. Pablo Picasso, Spanish artist (1881-1973).
The Greeks bequeathed to us one of the most beautiful words in our language, the word ‘enthusiasm’ : en theos-a god within. The grandeur of human actions is measured by the inspiration from which they spring. Louis Pasteur, French microbiologist (1822-95).
Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity. W. Clement Stone, American author and philanthropist (1902-2002).
If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. Isaac Newton, English scientist (1643-1727).
How do I know what I think, until I see what I say. E.M. Forster, English writer (1879-1970).
The great tragedy of science…the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by ugly facts. Thomas Huxley, British scientist (1825-95).
According to statistics, if you stand with one foot in a hot oven, and the other in a bucket of ice, you should feel perfectly comfortable. Bobby Bragan, US sportsman and coach.
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