"One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Voltaire on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Voltaire on Oscar Wilde
"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."Voltaire on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Voltaire on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Voltaire on Robert Frost
"What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy."
"He who has not the spirit of this age, has all the misery of it."
"We are rarely proud when we are alone."
"Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game."
"Time, which alone makes the reputation of men, ends by making their defects respectable."