Robert Frost: Poetry

Robert Frost

“A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. ”
—Robert Frost

Walter Scott: Willows and oaks

The willow which bends to the tempest, often escapes better than the oak which resists it; and so in great calamities, it sometimes happens that light and frivolous spirits recover their elasticity and presence of mind sooner than those of a loftier character. -Walter Scott, novelist and poet (1771-1832).

Piet Hein: Luck and you

Nobody can be lucky all the time; / so when your luck deserts you in some fashion / don’t think you’ve been abandoned in your prime, / but rather that you’re saving up your ration. -Piet Hein, poet and scientist (1905-1996).

Nederlands: Minister Piet Hein Donner van Binn...

Nederlands: Minister Piet Hein Donner van Binnenlandse Zaken (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Michelangelo Buonarroti: Mastery, not so wonderful

If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful after all. -Michelangelo Buonarroti, sculptor, painter, architect, and poet (1475-1564).

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Español: Retrato de Michelangelo Buonarroti / Miguel Ángel Buonarroti, pintor y escultor italiano, 1475 – 1564. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Paul Auster: Only the good

Only the good doubt their own goodness, which is what makes them good in the first place. The bad know they are good, but the good know nothing. They spend their lives forgiving others, but they can’t forgive themselves. -Paul Auster, novelist and poet (b. 1947).

Herman Melville: Assumptions

Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed. —Herman Melville, novelist and poet (1819-1891).

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Oil Painting of Herman Melville in 1846/7. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Piet Hein: Late for the previous, early for the next

It ought to be plain / how little you gain / by getting excited / and vexed. / You’ll always be late / for the previous train, / and always in time / for the next. -Piet Hein, poet and scientist (1905-1996)

Piet Hein (Kumbel) in front of the H.C. Anders...

Piet Hein (Kumbel) in front of the H.C. Andersen statue in Copenhagen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Robert Frost: Poetry

Robert Frost, Dartmouth 1896.

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I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering. –Robert Frost, poet (1874-1963)

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr: Superstition

We are all tattooed in our cradles with the beliefs of our tribe; the record may seem superficial, but it is indelible. You cannot educate a man wholly out of the superstitious fears which were implanted in his imagination, no matter how utterly his reason may reject them. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr, poet, novelist, essayist, and physician (1809-1894)

Daguerreotype of Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., 1841

Daguerreotype of Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., 1841 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Emily Dickinson: Faith

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“Faith” is a fine invention / For gentlemen who see — / But microscopes are prudent / In an emergency. -Emily Dickinson, poet (1830-1886)

Hafez: Right and wrong

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Now is the time to understand / That all your ideas of right and wrong / Were just a child’s training wheels / To be laid aside / When you finally live / With veracity / And love. –Hafez, poet (1315-1390)

Piet Hein: On The Past

The past, — well, it’s just like / our Great-Aunt Laura, / who cannot or will not perceive / that though she is welcome, / and though we adore her, / yet now it is time to leave. -Piet Hein, poet and scientist (1905-1996).

Nederlands: Minister Piet Hein Donner van Binn...

Nederlands: Minister Piet Hein Donner van Binnenlandse Zaken (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gwendolyn Brooks: Grief, Loneliness & Revenge

“Each to his grief, each to
his loneliness and fidgety revenge.”

– Gwendolyn Brooks (b. 1917), U.S. poet. Boy Breaking Glass (l. 13–14). . .
Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.

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Sara S. Miller’s 1994 Bronze Portrait Bust Of Gwendolyn Brooks (Washington, DC) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)