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William Butler Yeats Quote: “It’s certain that fine women eat A crazy salad with their meat.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Sometimes my feet are tired and my hands are quiet, but there is no quiet in my heart.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “The friends that have I do it wrong Whenever I remake a song, Should know what issue is at stake: It is myself that I remake.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “The wind blows out of the gates of the day, The wind blows over the lonely of heart, And the lonely of heart is withered away.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “For men were born to pray and save: Romantic Ireland’s dead and gone, It’s with O’Leary in the grave.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Shakespearean fish swam the sea, far away from land; Romantic fish swam in nets coming to the hand...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “All things fall and are built again, And those that build them again are gay.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Cuchulain stirred, Stared on the horses of the sea, and heard The cars of battle and his own name cried; And fought with the invulnerable tide.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “A drunkard is a dead man And all dead men are drunk.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore; While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements gray, I hear it in the deep heart’s core.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I think all happiness depends on the energy to assume the mask of some other life, on a re-birth as something not one’s self.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Everything exists, everything is true and the earth is just a bit of dust beneath our feet.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Grant me an old man’s frenzy, Myself must I remake Till I am Timon and Lear Or that William Blake Who beat upon the wall Till Truth obeyed his call.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “When a man grows old his joy Grows more deep day after day, His empty heart is full at length But he has need of all that strength Because of the increasing Night That opens her mystery and fright.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “One had a lovely face, And two or three had charm, But charm and face were in vain. Because the mountain grass Cannot keep the form Where the mountain hare has lain.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Only God, my dear, Could love you for yourself alone And not your yellow hair.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Many times man lives and dies Betweeen his two eternities, That of race and that of soul, And ancient Ireland knew it all. Whether man die in his bed Or the rifle knocks him dead.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Being young you have not known The fool’s triumph, nor yet Love lost as soon as won, Nor the best labourer dead And all the sheaves to bind.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “The chief imagination of Christendom, Dante Alighieri, so utterly found himself That he has made that hollow face of his More plain to the mind’s eye than any face But that of Christ.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “If suffering brings wisdom, I would wish to be less wise.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Everything that man esteems Endures a moment or a day.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “A mermaid found a swimming lad, Picked him up for her own, Pressed her body to his body, Laughed; and plunging down Forgot in cruel happiness That even lovers drown.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Who dreamed that beauty passes like a dream?”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Bodily decrepitude is wisdom; young We loved each other and were ignorant.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I think you can leave the arts, superior or inferior, to the conscience of mankind.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I have read somewhere that in the Emperor’s palace at Byzantium was a tree made of gold and silver, and artificial birds that sang.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Between extremities Man runs his course; A brand, or flaming breath, Comes to destroy All those antinomies Of day and night...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “But Love has pitched his mansion in the place of excrement. For nothing can be sole or whole that has not been rent.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I pray-for fashion’s word is out And prayer comes round again- That I may seem, though I die old, A foolish, passionate man.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Test every work of intellect or faith, And everything that your own hands have wrought And call those works extravagance of breath That are not suited for such men as come Proud, open-eyed and laughing to the tomb.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I have often had the fancy that there is some one Myth for every man, which, if we but knew it, would make us understand all he did and thought.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “A thought Of that late death took all my heart for speech.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “But O, sick children of the world, Of all the many changing things In dreary dancing past us whirled, To the cracked tune that Chronos sings, Words alone are certain good.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Gaze no more in the bitter glass The demons, with their subtle guile, Lift up before us when they pass, Or only gaze a little while...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “How can we know the dancer from the dance?”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “When an immortal passion breathes in mortal clay; Our hearts endure the scourge, the plaited thorns, the way Crowded with bitter faces, the wounds in palm and side, The vinegar-heavy sponge, the flowers by Kedron stream...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Heaven blazing into the head: Tragedy wrought to its uttermost. Though Hamlet rambles and Lear rages And all the drop-scenes drop at once Upon a hundred thousand stages It cannot grow by an inch or an ounce.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Once out of nature I shall never take My bodily form from any natural thing, But such a form as Grecian goldsmiths make.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Great Powers of falling wave and wind and windy fire, With your harmonious choir Encircle her I love and sing her into peace, That my old care may cease...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “The true faith discovered was When painted panel, statuary, Glass-mosaic, window-glass, Amended what was told awry By some peasant gospeler.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Cast your mind on other days that we in coming days may be still the indomitable Irishry.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Overcome the Empyrean; hurl Heaven and Earth out of their places, That in the same calamity Brother and brother, friend and friend, Family and family, City and city may contend.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “If I make the lashes dark And the eyes more bright And the lips more scarlet, Or ask if all be right From mirror after mirror, No vanity’s displayed: I’m looking for the face I had Before the world was made.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Him who trembles before the flame and the flood, And the winds that blow through the starry ways, Let the starry winds and the flame and the flood Cover over and hide, for he has no part With the lonely, majestical multitude.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “The world being illusive, one must be deluded in some way if one is to triumph in it.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I have known more men destroyed by the desire to have wife and child and to keep them in comfort than I have seen destroyed by drink and harlots.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “The labor of the alchemists, who were called artist in their day, is a befitting comparison for a deliberate change of style.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “BELOVED, gaze in thine own heart, The holy tree is growing there;.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Come swish around my pretty punk And keep me dancing still That I may stay a sober man Although I drink my fill.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “The true poet is all the time a visionary and whether with friends or not, as much alone as a man on his death bed.”
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