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William Butler Yeats Quote: “Boughs have their fruit and blossom At all times of the year; Rivers are running over With red beer and brown beer.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Why should the faithfullest heart most love The bitter sweetness of false faces?”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I gave what other women gave That stepped out of their clothes But when this soul, its body off Naked to naked goes, He it has found shall find therein What none other knows.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “If a poet interprets a poem of his own he limits its suggestibility.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Art bids us touch and taste and hear and see the world, and shrinks from what Blake calls mathematic form, from every abstract form, from all that is of the brain only.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “The women take so little stock In what I do or say They’d sooner leave their cosseting To hear a jackass bray...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “But boys and girls, pale from the imagined love Of solitary beds, knew what they were, That passion could bring character enough And pressed at midnighht in some public place Live lips upon a plummet-measured face.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Not a man alive has so much luck that he can play with it.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “What shall I do for pretty girls Now my old bawd is dead?”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I would that there was nothing in the world But my beloved that night and day had perished, And all that is and all that is to be, All that is not the meeting of our lips.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “No man, even though he be Shakespeare, can write perfectly when his web is woven of threads that have been spun in many lands.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “We have lit upon the gentle, sensitive mind And lost the old nonchalance of the hand; Whether we have chosen chisel, pen or brush, We are but critics, or but half create.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “It’s certain there is no fine thing Since Adam’s fall but needs much laboring.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I gave what other women gave That stepped out of their clothes, But when this soul, its body off, Naked to naked goes, He it has found shall find therein What none other knows, And give his own and take his own And rule in his own right; And though it loved in misery Close and cling so tight, There’s not a bird of day that dare Extinguish that delight.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Nay, are there not moods which shall find no expression unless there be men who dare to mix heaven, hell, purgatory, and faeryland together, or even to set the heads of beasts to the bodies of men, or to thrust the souls of men into the heart of rocks?”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Those men that in their writings are most wise Own nothing but their blind, stupefied hearts.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Swift has sailed into his rest; Savage indignation there Cannot lacerate his breast Imitate him if you dare, World-besotted traveler; he Served human liberty.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I have grown to believe that there is no dangerous idea, which does not become less dangerous when written out in sincere and careful English.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I think it better that in times like these a poet’s mouth be silent, for in truth we have no gift to set a statesman right.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I can exchange opinion with any neighbouring mind, I have as healthy flesh and blood as any rhymer’s had, But O! my Heart could bear no more when the upland caught the wind; I ran, I ran, from my love’s side because my Heart went mad.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I – love’s skein upon the ground, My body in the tomb – Shall leap into the light lost In my mother’s womb.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “The Father and His angelic hierarchy That made the magnitude and glory there Stood in the circuit of a needle’s eye.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Is it not certain that the Creator yawns in earthquake and thunder and other popular displays, but toils in rounding the delicate spiral of a shell? -Yeats, The Trembling of the Veil.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Who understood Whatever has been said, sighed, sung, Howled, miau-d, barked, brayed, belled, yelled, cried, crowed...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “It is not permitted to a man, who takes up pen or chisel, to seek originality, for passion is his only business, and he cannot but mould or sing after a new fashion because no disaster is like another.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Never leave the door open at this hour, or evil may come to you.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “It is most important that we should keep in this country a certain leisured class. I am of the opinion of the ancient Jewish book which says there is no wisdom without leisure.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “THE REALISTS Hope that you may understand! What can books of men that wive In a dragon-guarded land, Paintings of the dolphin-drawn Sea-nymphs in their pearly waggons Do, but awake a hope to live That had gone With the dragons?”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “The creations of a great writer are little more than the moods and passions of his own heart, given surnames and Christian names, and sent to walk the earth.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “And if joy were not on the earth, There were an end of change and birth, And Earth and Heaven and Hell would die, And in some gloomy barrow lie Folded like a frozen fly...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I disagreed with him about everything, but I admired him beyond words.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “It was my first meeting with a philosophy that confirmed my vague speculations and seemed at once logical and boundless.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “You have accused me of upsetting order by my free drinks, and I have showed you that there is a more dreadful fermentation in the Sermon on the Mount than in my beer-barrels. Christ thought it in the irresponsibility of His omnipotence.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “And there’s a score of duchesses, surpassing womankind, Or who have found a painter to make them so for pay And smooth out stain and blemish with the elegance of his mind: I knew a phoenix in my youth, so let them have their day.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Englishmen are babes in philosophy and so prefer faction-fighting to the labor of its unfamiliar thought.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “All art is, indeed, a monotony in external things for the sake of an interior variety, a sacrifice of gross effects to subtle effects, an asceticism of the imagination.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Time can but make her beauty over again.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “My father was an angry and impatient teacher and flung the reading book at my head.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Oh, who could have foretold That the heart grows old?”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “The poor have very few hours in which to enjoy themselves; they must take their pleasure raw; they haven’t the time to cook it.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Longfellow has his popularity, in the main, because he tells his story or his idea so that one needs nothing but his verses to understand it.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “People are responsible for their opinions, but Providence is responsible for their morals.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “The common breeds the common, A lout begets a lout, So when I take on half a score I knock their heads about.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I can remember meeting of a Sunday night Charles Whibley, Kenneth Grahame, author of ‘The Golden Age,’ Barry Pain, now a well known novelist, R. A. M. Stevenson, art critic and a famous talker, George Wyndham, later on a cabinet minister and Irish chief secretary, and Oscar Wilde, who was some eight years or ten older than the rest.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Once he said to me in the height of his imperial propaganda, ‘Tell those young men in Ireland that this great thing must go on. They say Ireland is not fit for self-government but that is nonsense. It is as fit as any other European country but we cannot grant it.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “And yet the wise are of opinion that wherever man is, the dark powers who would feed his rapacities are there too, no less than the bright beings who store their honey in the cells of his heart, and the twilight beings who flit hither and thither, and that they encompass him with a passionate and melancholy multitude.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Mr. Dowler, could you go through this? Mr. Algie. Don’t answer him, Dowler; he’s going beyond all bounds. Paul Ruttledge. I was a rich man and I could not, and yet I am something smaller than a camel, and this is something larger than a needle’s eye.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “While Michael Angelo’s Sistine roof, His “Morning” and his “Night” disclose How sinew that has been pulled tight, Or it may be loosened in repose, Can rule by supernatural right Yet be but sinew.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “And learn that the best thing is To change my loves while dancing And pay but a kiss for a kiss.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I don’t think the moral is good; and if any of you thuckeens go about imitating Anty in her laziness, you’ll find it won’t thrive with you as it did with her. She was beautiful beyond compare, which none of you are, and she had three powerful fairies to help her besides.”
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