Greatest Quotes by Famous Poets

This page is dedicated to the best quotes by famous poets. These quotes have been carefully selected to showcase the impact that famous poets have had on society and their timeless relevance.

Throughout history, poets have been the voice of the people, capturing the essence of emotions and experiences in their words. From William Shakespeare to Maya Angelou, famous poets have left their mark on the world through their words. Their impact can be seen in literature, art, and even in the way that people think and express themselves.

The quotes featured on this page will give you a glimpse into the mind and soul of some of the most renowned poets of all time. Whether you are a fan of classical literature or contemporary poetry, these quotes are sure to inspire you and bring a smile to your face. So, sit back, relax, and let the words of the masters take you on a journey through time and emotion.

Quotes by Famous Poets

William Shakespeare

  • “To be, or not to be: that is the question.” – Hamlet
  • “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” – As You Like It
  • “This above all: to thine own self be true.” – Hamlet
  • “To sleep: perchance to dream – ay, there’s the rub.” – Hamlet
  • “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” – Hamlet
  • “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” – All’s Well That Ends Well
  • “All that glitters is not gold.” – The Merchant of Venice
  • “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” – Romeo and Juliet
  • “Life is but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more.” – Macbeth
  • “The course of true love never did run smooth.” – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Robert Frost

  • “The road not taken” – “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth.”
  • “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” – “Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow.”
  • “Fire and Ice” – “Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire.”
  • “Birches” – “I’d like to get away from earth awhile And then come back to it and begin over.”
  • “Mending Wall” – “Good fences make good neighbors.”
  • “The Death of the Hired Man” – “Home is the place where, when you have to go there, They have to take you in.”
  • “The Tuft of Flowers” – “A passerby may then forget, And hold a dialogue with it, And cast a sympathizing ray To help its growth on the way.”
  • “Nothing Gold Can Stay” – “Nature’s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf’s a flower; But only so an hour.”
  • “Desert Places” – “And there is not a single pine, But seems to say, ‘My way is the way into the sky.’”
  • “Design” – “I found a dimpled spider, fat and white, On a white heal-all, holding up a moth Like a white piece of rigid satin cloth— Assorted characters of death and blight Mixed ready to begin the morning right.”

Maya Angelou

  • “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Letter to My Daughter
  • “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Letter to My Daughter
  • “Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in this world, but has not solved one yet.” – Letter to My Daughter
  • “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” – Letter to My Daughter
  • “I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” – Letter to My Daughter