Since the dawn of civilization, humankind has expressed itself through poetry. In as early as 1700 BC, poems were composed to help people remember important information and give them an easy, memorable way to pass it on. Today, we use poetry in more of an artistic way, to reveal our deepest feelings, innermost thoughts and optimistic ideas. These 15 famous poetry quotes about life cover the vast spectrum of human emotion and touch upon everything from family and love to loss and the past.
Famous Poetry Quotes About Life 1-7
- It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul;
– “Invictus” by W.E. Henley
- There are worse things than
but it often takes decades
to realize this
and most often
when you do
it’s too late
and there’s nothing worse
– “Oh Yes” by Charles Bukowski
- I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love,
If you want me again look for me under your boot-soles.
– “Leaves of Grass” by Walt Whitman
- To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
To hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And Eternity in an hour.
– “Auguries of Innocence” by William Blake
- I would like to be the air
that inhabits you for a moment
only. I would like to be that unnoticed
and that necessary.
– “Variations on the Word Sleep” by Margaret Atwood
- Your absence has gone through me
Like thread through a needle.
Everything I do is stitched with its color.
– “Separation” by W.S. Merwin
- Hope is the thing with feathers,
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without words,
And never stops-at all.
– “‘Hope’ is the Thing with Feathers” by Emily Dickinson
Famous Poetry Quotes About Life 8-15
- I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.
– “Every Day You Play” by Pablo Neruda
- We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
– “Ulysses” by Alfred Lord Tennyson
- A voice said, Look me in the stars
And tell me truly, men of earth,
If all the soul-and-body scars
Were not too much to pay for birth.
– “A Question” by Robert Frost
- I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I have to go.
– “The Walking” by Theodore Roethke
- I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils.
– “I wandered lonely as a cloud” by William Wordsworth
- You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.
– “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou
- Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light;
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.
– “The Old Astronomer to His Pupil” by Sarah Williams
- Can I think of anyone else but myself?
– “Self” from “The Healing Conscious” by Kifle Bantayehu
For more quotes, take a look at: Hardship in Life Quotes: 20 Famous Sayings to Overcome Adversity or 30 Inspirational Quotes About Life.