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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: “My wretched dragon is perplexed.”
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: “God guard me from those thoughts men think In the mind alone.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “For Death who takes what man would keep, Leaves what man would lose.”
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: “I wonder anybody does anything at Oxford but dream and remember.”
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: “Though leaves are many, the root is one.”
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: “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: “There’s keen delight in what we have: The rattle of pebbles on the shore Under the receding wave.”
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: “Time drops in decay Like a candle burnt out. And the mountains and woods Have their day, have their day; But, kindly old rout Of the fire-born moods, You pass not away.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “There is no release In a bodkin or disease, Nor can there be a work so great As that which cleans man’s dirty slate.”
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: “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 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: “Oh, Love is the crooked thing, there is nobody wise enough to find out all that is in it, for he will be thinking about love til the stars run away and the shadows eaten the moon...”
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: “Somewhere beyond the curtain Of distorting days Lives that lonely thing That shone before these eyes Targeted, trod like Spring.”
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: “The only business of the head in the world is to bow a ceaseless obeisance to the heart.”
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: “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: “Laughter not time destroyed my voice And put that crack in it, And when the moon’s pot-bellied I get a laughing fit...”
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: “Only the dead can be forgiven; But when I think of that my tongue’s a stone.”
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: “The house ghost is usually a harmless and well-meaning creature. It is put up with as long as possible. It brings good luck to those who live with it.”
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: “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: “The Irishman sustains himself during brief periods of joy by the knowledge that tragedy is just around the corner.”
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: “The soldier takes pride in saluting his Captain, The devotee proffers a knee to his Lord, Some back a mare thrown from a thoroughbred, Troy backed its Helen, Troy died and adored; Great nations blossom above, A slave bows down to a slave.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Though pedantry denies, It’s plain the Bible means That Solomon grew wise While talking with his queens...”
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: “How can I, that girl standing there, My attention fix On Roman or on Russian Or on Spanish politics?”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Civilisation is hooped together, brought Under a rule, under the semblance of peace By manifold illusion...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “A pity beyond all telling is hid in the heart of love.”
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: “Eyes spiritualised by death can judge, I cannot, but I am not content.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “What do we know but that we face one another in this place?”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “A passion-driven exultant man sings out Sentences that he has never thought...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “All the stream that’s roaring by Came out of a needle’s eye...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Books are but waste paper unless we spend in action the wisdom we get from thought – asleep. When we are weary of the living, we may repair to the dead, who have nothing of peevishness, pride, or design in their conversation.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “All men live in suffering I know as few can know, Whether they take the upper road Or stay content on the low...”
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: “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: “How can they know Truth flourishes where the student’s lamp has shone, And there alone, that have no solitude? So the crowd come they care not what may come. They have loud music, hope every day renewed And heartier loves; that lamp is from the tomb.”
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