|Emily Dickinson, circa 1848|
Besides, people who love good poetry have centuries of wonderful classics to enjoy.
Which I do. I also collect the wisdom of poets in the form of quotes. Most poets are ultra-sensitive, ultra-thoughtful people. So they had important things to say, and not always in verse.
A few of my favorites...
PASSION - "My candle burns at both ends, it will not last the night But ah, my foes and oh, my friends, It gives a lovely light"! - Edna St. Vincent Millay, American poet (1892-1950)
COOPERATION - “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main....any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.” - John Donne, British poet (1572-1631)
PERSEVERANCE - “Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.” - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet (1807-1882)
SELF-AWARENESS - "Oh, what a great gift we would have if we could only see ourselves as others see us." - Robert Burns, Scottish poet (1759-1796)
OPTIMISM - “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” - Anne Bradstreet, British poet (1612-1672)
SELF-DEVELOPMENT - “You can stay young as long as you learn.” - Emily Dickinson, American poet (1830-1886)
INITIATIVE - "All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action." - James Russell Lowell, American poet (1819-1891)
FRIENDSHIP - "Music I heard with you was more than music, and bread I broke with you was more than bread." - Conrad Aiken, American poet (1889-1973)
RESPONSIBILITY - "Enlightenment means taking full responsibility for your life." - William Blake, British poet (1757-1827)
SELF-ESTEEM - "It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are." - E. E. Cummings, American poet (1894-1962)
COURAGE - "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest." - Maya Angelou, American author (1928- )
SPIRITUALITY - “The natural world is a spiritual house. . . . Man walks there through forests of physical things that are also spiritual things.” - Charles Baudelaire, French poet (1821-1867)
Post by Dennis E. Coates, Ph.D., Copyright 2011. Building Personal Strength .