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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: “And a softness came from the starlight and filled me full to the bone.”
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: “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.”
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: “Nothing but stillness can remain when hearts are full Of their own sweetness, bodies of their loveliness.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Life moves out of a red flare of dreams Into a common light of common hours, Until old age brings the red flare again.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Take, if you must, this little bag of dreams, Unloose the cord, and they will wrap you round.”
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: “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: “The only enemy of innocence and beauty is time.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Where there is nothing, there is God.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Farewell – farewell, For I am weary of the weight of time.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Never shall a young man, Thrown into despair By those great honey-coloured Ramparts at your ear, Love you for yourself alone And not your yellow hair.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Everything that’s lovely is But a brief, dreamy kind of delight.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Things thought too long can be no longer thought, For beauty dies of beauty, worth of worth, And ancient lineaments are blotted out.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I sat on cushioned otter-skin: My word was law from Ith to Emain, And shook at Invar Amargin The hearts of the world-troubling seamen, And drove tumult and war away...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Whatever flames upon the night Man’s own resinous heart has fed.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Endure what life God gives and ask no longer span; Cease to remember the delights of youth, travel-wearied aged man; Delight becomes death-longing if all longing else be vain.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Nothing that we love overmuch Is ponderable to our touch.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “That toil of growing up; The ignominy of boyhood; the distress Of boyhood changing into man; The unfinished man and his pain.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Does the imagination dwell the most Upon a woman won or a woman lost?”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “For those that love the world serve it in action, Grow rich, popular, and full of influence; And should they paint or write still is it action, The struggle of the fly in marmalade.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “For Death who takes what man would keep, Leaves what man would lose.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I knew a phoenix in my youth, so let them have their day.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Evil comes to all us men of imagination wearing as its mask all the virtues.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Once more the storm is howling, and half hid Under this cradle-hood and coverlid My child sleeps on.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Why should I seek for love or study it? It is of God and passes human wit; I study hatred with great diligence, For that’s a passion in my own control, A sort of besom that can clear the soul Of everything that is not mind or sense.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Come, fix upon me that accusing eye. I thirst for accusation. All that was sung. All that was said in Ireland is a lie Breed out of the contagion of the throng, Saving the rhyme rats hear before they die.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “You will forget me soon. Oh dear one, hate me rather than forget.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Never to have lived is best, ancient writers say. Never to have drawn the breath of life, never to have looked into the eye of day; The second best’s a gay goodnight and quickly turn away.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “The nation that will insist upon drawing a broad line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to find its fighting done by fools and its thinking by cowards.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Hope and Memory have one daughter and her name is Art, and she has built her dwelling far from the desperate field where men hang out their garments upon forked boughs to be banners of battle. O beloved daughter of Hope and Memory, be with me for a while.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “No man has ever lived that had enough of children’s gratitude or woman’s love.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I know of the leafy paths that the witches take Who come with their crowns of pearl and their spindles of wool, And their secret smile, out of the depths of the lake...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “O cloud-pale eyelids, dream-dimmed eyes, The poets labouring all their days To build a perfect beauty in rhyme Are overthrown by a woman’s gaze...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “How can I, that girl standing there, My attention fix On Roman or on Russian Or on Spanish politics?”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Words alone are certain good.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “The wrong of unshapely things is a wrong too great to be told; I hunger to build them anew and sit on a green knoll apart...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “For such, Being made beautiful overmuch, Consider beauty a sufficient end, Lose natural kindness and maybe The heart-revealing intimacy That chooses right, and never find a friend. r.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I broke my heart in two So hard I struck. What matter? for I know That out of rock, Out of a desolate source, Love leaps upon its course.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I rise in the dawn, and I kneel and blow Till the seed of the fire flicker and glow; And then I must scrub and bake and sweep Till the stars are beginning to blink and peep; And the young lie long and dream in their bed...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I weave the shoes of Sorrow: Soundless shall be the footfall light In all men’s ears of Sorrow, Sudden and light.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “We are happy when for everything inside us there is a corresponding something outside us.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Odor of blood when Christ was slain Made all Platonic tolerance vain And vain all Doric discipline.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Somewhere beyond the curtain Of distorting days Lives that lonely thing That shone before these eyes Targeted, trod like Spring.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I see a schoolboy when I think of him, With face and nose pressed to a sweet-shop window...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I thought of rhyme alone, For rhyme can beat a measure out of trouble And make the daylight sweet once more...”
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