Revision is the heart of writing. Every page I do is done over seven or eight times.
~ Patricia Reilly Giff
The hardest thing about writing, for me, is facing the blank page.
~ Octavia Spencer
Yet, it is true, poetry is delicious; the best prose is that which is most full of poetry.
~ Virginia Woolf
The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music, and it has the additional merit of being human and palpable. Dancing is poetry with arms and legs.
~ Charles Baudelaire
In this poor body, composed of one hundred bones and nine openings, is something called spirit, a flimsy curtain swept this way and that by the slightest breeze. It is spirit, such as it is, which led me to poetry, at first little more than a pastime, then the full business of my life. There have been times when my spirit, so dejected, almost gave up the quest, other times when it was proud, triumphant. So it has been from the very start, never finding peace with itself, always doubting the worth of what it makes.
~ Basho (Translated by Lucien Stryk)