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William Butler Yeats Quote: “There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.”

There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.

— William Butler Yeats



William Butler Yeats Quote: “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”

But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.”

Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “Things fall apart; the center cannot hold...”

Things fall apart; the center cannot hold...

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.”

Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “Think where man’s glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends.”

Think where man’s glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.”

Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “Come away, O human child! To the waters and the wild With a faery, hand in hand, For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.”

Come away, O human child! To the waters and the wild With a faery, hand in hand, For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.

— William Butler Yeats



William Butler Yeats Quote: “There is another world, but it is in this one.”

There is another world, but it is in this one.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “Let us go forth, the tellers of tales, and seize whatever prey the heart long for, and have no fear. Everything exists, everything is true, and the earth is only a little dust under our feet.”

Let us go forth, the tellers of tales, and seize whatever prey the heart long for, and have no fear. Everything exists, everything is true, and the earth is only a little dust under our feet.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.”

The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “The innocent and the beautiful have no enemy but time.”

The innocent and the beautiful have no enemy but time.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “How many loved your moments of glad grace, And loved your beauty with love false or true; But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you, And loved the sorrows of your changing face.”

How many loved your moments of glad grace, And loved your beauty with love false or true; But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you, And loved the sorrows of your changing face.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “It takes more courage to dig deep in the dark corners of your own soul and the back alleys of your society than it does for a soldier to fight on the battlefield.”

It takes more courage to dig deep in the dark corners of your own soul and the back alleys of your society than it does for a soldier to fight on the battlefield.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “Too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart. O when may it suffice?”

Too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart. O when may it suffice?

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “When you are old and gray and full of sleep, and nodding by the fire, take down this book and slowly read, and dream of the soft look your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep.”

When you are old and gray and full of sleep, and nodding by the fire, take down this book and slowly read, and dream of the soft look your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “We can make our minds so like still water that beings gather about us that they may see, it may be, their own images, and so live for a moment with a clearer, perhaps even with a fiercer life because of our quiet.”

We can make our minds so like still water that beings gather about us that they may see, it may be, their own images, and so live for a moment with a clearer, perhaps even with a fiercer life because of our quiet.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “Everything in nature is resurrection.”

Everything in nature is resurrection.

— William Butler Yeats



William Butler Yeats Quote: “Any fool can fight a winning battle, but it needs character to fight a losing one, and that should inspire us; which reminds me that I dreamed the other night that I was being hanged, but was the life and soul of the party.”

Any fool can fight a winning battle, but it needs character to fight a losing one, and that should inspire us; which reminds me that I dreamed the other night that I was being hanged, but was the life and soul of the party.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “Myself I must remake.”

Myself I must remake.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “The visible world is no longer a reality and the unseen world no longer a dream.”

The visible world is no longer a reality and the unseen world no longer a dream.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “Now that my ladder’s gone, I must lie down where all my ladders start, In the foul rag-and-bone shop of the heart.”

Now that my ladder’s gone, I must lie down where all my ladders start, In the foul rag-and-bone shop of the heart.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “How far away the stars seem, and how far is our first kiss, and ah, how old my heart.”

How far away the stars seem, and how far is our first kiss, and ah, how old my heart.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “Tread softly, for you tread on my dreams.”

Tread softly, for you tread on my dreams.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “If what I say resonates with you, it’s merely because we’re branches of the same tree.”

If what I say resonates with you, it’s merely because we’re branches of the same tree.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “Cast a cold eye on life, on death Horseman pass by.”

Cast a cold eye on life, on death Horseman pass by.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.”

Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “In dreams begins responsibility.”

In dreams begins responsibility.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “The falcon cannot hear the falconer.”

The falcon cannot hear the falconer.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “The winds that awakened the stars Are blowing through my blood.”

The winds that awakened the stars Are blowing through my blood.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “Hammer your thoughts into unity.”

Hammer your thoughts into unity.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “The years like great black oxen tread the world, and God, the herdsman goads them on behind, and I am broken by their passing feet.”

The years like great black oxen tread the world, and God, the herdsman goads them on behind, and I am broken by their passing feet.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “And wisdom is a butterfly And not a gloomy bird of prey...”

And wisdom is a butterfly And not a gloomy bird of prey...

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “It is one of the great troubles of life that we cannot have any unmixed emotions. There is always something in our enemy that we like, and something in our sweetheart that we dislike.”

It is one of the great troubles of life that we cannot have any unmixed emotions. There is always something in our enemy that we like, and something in our sweetheart that we dislike.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “What man does not understand, he fears; and what he fears, he tends to destroy.”

What man does not understand, he fears; and what he fears, he tends to destroy.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “I heard the old, old, men say ‘all that’s beautiful drifts away, like the waters.’”

I heard the old, old, men say ‘all that’s beautiful drifts away, like the waters.’

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “And pluck till time and times are done the silver apples of the moon the golden apples of the sun.”

And pluck till time and times are done the silver apples of the moon the golden apples of the sun.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “Talent perceives differences; genius, unity.”

Talent perceives differences; genius, unity.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “All empty souls tend toward extreme opinions.”

All empty souls tend toward extreme opinions.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “Wine comes in at the mouth And love comes in at the eye; That’s all we shall know for truth Before we grow old and die.”

Wine comes in at the mouth And love comes in at the eye; That’s all we shall know for truth Before we grow old and die.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “I know that I shall meet my fate somewhere among the clouds above; those that I fight I do not hate, those that I guard I do not love.”

I know that I shall meet my fate somewhere among the clouds above; those that I fight I do not hate, those that I guard I do not love.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “Though leaves are many, the root is one; Through all the lying days of my youth I swayed my leaves and flowers in the sun Now I may wither into the truth.”

Though leaves are many, the root is one; Through all the lying days of my youth I swayed my leaves and flowers in the sun Now I may wither into the truth.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “I hear it in the deep heart’s core.”

I hear it in the deep heart’s core.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “Life is a long preparation for something that never happens.”

Life is a long preparation for something that never happens.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “One man loved the pilgrim soul in you, And loved the sorrows of your changing face.”

One man loved the pilgrim soul in you, And loved the sorrows of your changing face.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “Too many things are occurring for even a big heart to hold.”

Too many things are occurring for even a big heart to hold.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “I bring you with reverent hands The books of my numberless dreams.”

I bring you with reverent hands The books of my numberless dreams.

— William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats Quote: “And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches toward Bethlehem to be born?”

And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches toward Bethlehem to be born?

— William Butler Yeats

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