On the power of poetry:
"Much is the force of heaven-bred poesy...
For Orpheus' lute was strung with poets'
Whose golden touch could soften steel and
Make tigers tame, and huge leviathans
Forsake unsounded deeps to dance on sands."
- William Shakespeare, from his play Two Gentlemen of Verona
(Painting: "Allegory of the Poet," by Jacob Jordaens, c. 1660)