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William Butler Yeats Quote: “When I play on my fiddle in Dooney Folk dance like a wave on the sea.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “And when you sigh from kiss to kiss I hear white Beauty sighing, too, For hours when all must fade like dew...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I made my song a coat Covered with embroideries Out of old mythologies From heel to throat But the fools caught it, Wore it in the world’s eyes As though they’d wrought it. Song, let them take it, For there’s more enterprise In walking naked.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Out-worn heart, in a time out-worn, Come clear of the nets of wrong and right; Laugh, heart, again in the grey twilight, Sigh, heart, again in the dew of the morn.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I say that Roger Casement Did what he had to do, He died upon the gallows But that is nothing new.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Nor seek, for this is also sooth, To hunger fiercely after truth, Lest all thy toiling only breeds New dreams, new dreams; there is no truth Saving in thine own heart.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “In the great cities we see so little of the world, we drift into our minority. In the little towns and villages there are no minorities; people are not numerous enough. You must see the world there, perforce. Every man is himself a class.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I know, although when looks meet I tremble to the bone, The more I leave the door unlatched The sooner love is gone...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “A living man is blind and drinks his drop. What matter if the ditches are impure? What matter if I live it all once more?”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Homer is my example and his unchristened heart.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Ecstasy is from the contemplation of things vaster than the individual and imperfectly seen perhaps, by all those that still live.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “We are fastened to a dying animal.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Because I helped to wind the clock, I come to hear it strike.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Yet they that know all things but know That all this life can give us is A child’s laughter, a woman’s kiss.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “One should not lose one’s temper unless one is certain of getting more and more angry to the end.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Though I have many words, What woman’s satisfied, I am no longer faint Because at her side? O who could have foretold That the heart grows old?”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I always think a great speaker convinces us not by force of reasoning, but because he is visibly enjoying the beliefs he wants us to accept.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “The uncontrollable mystery on the bestial floor.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Man has created death.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “No art can conquer the people alone-the people are conquered by an ideal of life upheld by authority.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “If we could love and hate with as good heart as the faeries do, we might grow to be long-lived like them. But until that day their untiring joys and sorrows must ever be one-half of their fascination. Love with them never grows weary, nor can the circles of the stars tire out their dancing feet.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “And God would bid His warfare cease, Saying all things were well; And softly make a rosy peace, A peace of Heaven with Hell.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I spit into the face of time that has transfigured me.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Why should the imagination of a man Long past his prime remember things that are Emblematical of love and war?”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I am content to live it all again And yet again, if it be life to pitch Into the frog-spawn of a blind man’s ditch.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Everything that man esteems Endures a moment or a day. Love’s pleasure drives his love away, The painter’s brush consumes his dreams.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Beloved, let your eyes half close, and your heart beat Over my heart, and your hair fall over my breast, Drowning love’s lonely hour in deep twilight of rest...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “A statesman is an easy man, he tells his lies by rote. A journalist invents his lies, and rams them down your throat. So stay at home and drink your beer and let the neighbors vote.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “When such as I cast out remorse; So great a sweetness flows into the breast; We must laugh and we must sing, We are blest by everything, Everything we look upon is blessed.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Land of Heart’s Desire Where beauty has no ebb, decay no flood, But joy is wisdom, time an endless song.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Earth in beauty dressed Awaits returning spring. All true love must die, Alter at the best Into some lesser thing. Prove that I lie.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Much did I rage when young, Being by the world oppressed, But now with flattering tongue It speeds the parting guest.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “The light of lights looks always on the motive, not the deed, the shadow of shadows on the deed alone.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Though logic-choppers rule the town, And every man and maid and boy Has marked a distant object down, An aimless joy is a pure joy...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Locke sank into a swoon; The Garden died; God took the spinning-jenny Out of his side.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “You think it horrible that lust and rage Should dance attention upon my old age; They were not such a plague when I was young; What else have I to spur me into song?”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “On the grey rock of Cashel I suddenly saw A Sphinx with woman breast and lion paw, A Buddha, hand at rest, Hand lifted up that blest; And right between these two a girl at play That, it may be, had danced her life away...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “It is love that I am seeking for, But of a beautiful, unheard-of kind That is not in the world.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I kiss you and kiss you, With arms around my own, Ah, how shall I miss you, When, dear, you have grown.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Mock mockers after that That would not lift a hand maybe To help good, wise or great To bar that foul storm out, for we Traffic in mockery.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Both nuns and mothers worship images, But those the candles light are not as those That animate a mother’s reveries, But keep a marble or a bronze repose.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “We had fed the heart on fantasies, The heart’s grown brutal from the fare, More substance in our enmities Than in our love.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “A mouth that has no moisture and no breath Breathless mouths may summon; I hail the superhuman; I call it death-in-life and life-in-death.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “If there’s no hatred in a mind Assault and battery of the wind Can never tear the linnet from the leaf.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “He Who is wrapped in purple robes, With planets in His care, Had pity on the least of things Asleep upon a chair.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Come, heart, where hill is heaped upon hill: For there the mystical brotherhood Of sun and moon and hollow and wood And river and stream work out their will...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Imagining in excited reverie That the future years had come, Dancing to a frenzied drum, Out of the murderous innocence of the sea.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “What made us dream that he could comb gray hair?”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Wine enters through the mouth, Love, the eyes. I raise the glass to my mouth, I look at you, I sigh.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Every conquering temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.”
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