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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...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Who dreamed that beauty passes like a dream? For these red lips, with all their mournful pride, Mournful that no new wonder may betide, Troy passed away in one high funeral gleam, And Usna’s children died.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “All the wild-witches, those most notable ladies For all their broom-sticks and their tears, Their angry tears, are gone.”
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: “An aged man is but a paltry thing, a tattered coat upon a stick, unless soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing for every tatter in its mortal dress.”
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: “And God stands winding His lonely horn, And time and the world are ever in flight.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Only the dead can be forgiven; But when I think of that my tongue’s a stone.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “And the merry love the fiddle, and the merry love to dance.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Maybe the bride-bed brings despair, For each an imagined image brings And finds a real image there...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I long for truth, and yet I cannot stay from that My better self disowns, For a man’s attention Brings such satisfaction To the craving in my bones.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “My chair was nearest to the fire In every company That talked of love or politics, Ere Time transfigured me.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “A pity beyond all telling is hid in the heart of love.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “All hatred driven hence, The soul recovers radical innocence And learns at last that it is self-delighting, Self-appeasing, self-affrighting, And that its own sweet will is Heaven’s will.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “All things can tempt me from this craft of verse: One time it was a woman’s face, or worse – The seeming needs of my fool-driven land; Now nothing but comes readier to the hand Than this accustomed toil.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “What portion in the world can the artist have, Who has awakened from the common dream, But dissipation and despair?”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I went out to the hazelwood because a fire was in my head.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I balanced all, brought all to mind, the years to come seemed waste of breath, a waste of breath the years behind, in balance with this life, this death.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “My wretched dragon is perplexed.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Supreme art is a traditional statement of certain heroic and religious truth, passed on from age to age, modified by individual genius, but never abandoned.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Nor law, nor duty bade me fight, Nor public men, nor cheering crowds, A lonely impulse of delight Drove to this tumult in the clouds.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “God guard me from those thoughts men think In the mind alone.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “There’s keen delight in what we have: The rattle of pebbles on the shore Under the receding wave.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “For how can you compete Being honour bred, with one Who, were it proved he lies, Were neither shamed in his own Nor in his neighbour’s eyes?”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “One should say before sleeping: I have lived many lives. I have been a slave and a prince. Many a beloved has sat upon my knee and I have sat upon the knees of many a beloved. Everything that has been shall be again.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I have nothing but the embittered sun; Banished heroic mother moon and vanished, And now that I have come to fifty years I must endure the timid sun.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I have heard that hysterical women say They are sick of the palette and fiddle-bow, Of poets that are always gay.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “This melancholy London – I sometimes imagine that the souls of the lost are compelled to walk through its streets perpetually. One feels them passing like a whiff of air.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “How could passion run so deep Had I never thought That the crime of being born Blackens all our lot?”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “O heart, be at peace, because Nor knave nor dolt can break What’s not for their applause, Being for a woman’s sake.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I wonder anybody does anything at Oxford but dream and remember.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “The living can assist the imagination of the dead...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “All that I have said and done, Now that I am old and ill, Turns into a question till I lie awake night after night And never get the answers right.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I wonder anybody does anything at Oxford but dream and remember, the place is so beautiful. One almost expects the people to sing instead of speaking. It is all like an opera.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Love is created and preserved by intellectual analysis, for we love only that which is unique, and it belongs to contemplation, not to action, for we would not change that which we love.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Though leaves are many, the root is one.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “And many a poor man that has roved Loved and thought himself beloved From a glad kindness cannot take his eyes.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “The winds awaken, the leaves whirl round, Our cheeks are pale, our hair is unbound, Our breasts are heaving, our eyes are agleam, Our arms are waving, our lips are apart...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “An age is the reversal of an age: When strangers murdered Emmet, Fitzgerald, Tone, We lived like men that watch a painted stage. What matter for the scene, the scene once gone: It had not touched our lives.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “O heart! O heart! if she’d but turn her head You’d know the folly of being comforted.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “What can I but enumerate old themes?”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Pale brows, still hands and dim hair, I had a beautiful friend And dreamed that the old despair Would end in love in the end...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Fairies in Ireland are sometimes as big as we are, sometimes bigger, and sometimes, as I have been told, about three feet high.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “O but we dreamed to mend Whatever mischief seemed To afflict mankind, but now That winds of winter blow Learn that we were crack-pated when we dreamed.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “The only business of the head in the world is to bow a ceaseless obeisance to the heart.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “A speckled cat and a tame hare Eat at my hearthstone And sleep there; And both look up to me alone For learning and defence As I look up to Providence.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “For he would be thinking of love Till the stars had run away And the shadows eaten the moon.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “The Irishman sustains himself during brief periods of joy by the knowledge that tragedy is just around the corner.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “The night can sweat with terror as before We pieced our thoughts into philosophy, And planned to bring the world under a rule, Who are but weasels fighting in a hole.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “What do we know but that we face one another in this place?”
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