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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: “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: “The Irishman sustains himself during brief periods of joy by the knowledge that tragedy is just around the corner.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “An aged man is but a paltry thing, a tattered coat upon a stick.”
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: “If Michael, leader of God’s host When Heaven and Hell are met, Looked down on you from Heaven’s door-post He would his deeds forget.”
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: “Although our love is waning, let us stand by the lone border of the lake once more, together in that hour of gentleness. When the poor tired child, passion, falls asleep.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “We must not make a false faith by hiding from our thoughts the causes of doubt, for faith is the highest achievement of the human intellect, the only gift man can make to God, and therefore it must be offered in sincerity.”
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: “You know what the Englishman’s idea of compromise is? He says, Some people say there is a God. Some people say there is no God. The truth probably lies somewhere between these two statements.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Acquaintance; companion; One dear brilliant woman; The best-endowed, the elect, All by their youth undone, All, all, by that inhuman Bitter glory wrecked.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Because this age and the next age Engender in the ditch, No man can know a happy man From any passing wretch, If Folly link with Elegance No man knows which is which...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “What is literature but the expression of moods by the vehicle of symbol and incident?”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Civilisation is hooped together, brought Under a rule, under the semblance of peace By manifold illusion...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Only the wasteful virtues earn the sun...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “The hare grows old as she plays in the sun And gazes around her with eyes of brightness; Before the swift things that she dreamed of were done She limps along in an aged whiteness...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Eyes spiritualised by death can judge, I cannot, but I am not content.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “All the stream that’s roaring by Came out of a needle’s eye...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “For to articulate sweet sounds together Is to work harder than all these, and yet Be thought an idler by the noisy set Of bankers, schoolmasters, and clergymen The martyrs call the world.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “To be born woman is to know – although they do not speak of it at school – women must labor to be beautiful.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I have mummy truths to tell Whereat the living mock, Though not for sober ear, For maybe all that hear Should laugh and weep an hour upon the clock.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “O would, beloved, that you lay Under the dock-leaves in the ground, While lights were paling one by one.”
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: “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.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Your hooves have stamped at the black margin of the wood, Even where horrible green parrots call and swing. My works are all stamped down into the sultry mud.”
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: “I thought no more was needed Youth to prolong Than dumb-bell and foil To keep the body young. O who could have foretold That the heart grows old?”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Men come, men go, all things remain in God.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “The Danaan children laugh, in cradles of wrought gold, And clap their hands together, and half close their eyes, For they will ride the North when the ger-eagle flies, With heavy whitening wings, and a heart fallen cold...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “His element is so fine Being sharpened by his death, To drink from the wine-breath While our gross palates drink from the whole wine.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Style, personality – deliberately adopted and therefore a mask – is the only escape from the hot-faced bargainers and money-changers.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Whence had they come The hand and lash that beat down frigid Rome? What sacred drama through her body heaved When world-transforming Charlemagne was conceived?”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I passed a little further on and heard a peacock say: Who made the grass and made the worms and made my feathers gay, He is a monstrous peacock, and He waveth all the night His languid tail above us, lit with myriad spots of light.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “The poet is a good citizen turned inside out.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Poetry and music I have banished, But the stupidity Of root, shoot, blossom or clay Makes no demand. I bend my body to the spade Or grope with a dirty hand.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Love comes in at the eye.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “For what but eye and ear silence the mind With the minute particulars of mankind?”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Words are always getting conventionalized to some secondary meaning. It is one of the works of poetry to take the truants in custody and bring them back to their right senses.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “There is no deformity But saves us from a dream.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “And that enquiring man John Synge comes next, That dying chose the living world for text And never could have rested in the tomb But that, long travelling, he had come Towards nightfall upon certain set apart In a most desolate stony place...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “All through the years of our youth Neither could have known Their own thought from the other’s, We were so much at one.”
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: “Designs in connection with postage stamps and coinage may be described, I think, as the silent ambassadors on national taste.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “My father upon the Abbey stage, before him a raging crowd. “This Land of Saints,” and then as the applause died out, “Of plaster Saints;” his beautiful mischievous head thrown back.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “While on that old grey stone I sat Under the old wind-broken tree, I knew that One is animate, Mankind inanimate phantasy.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “When Walt Whitman writes in seeming defiance of tradition, he needs tradition for his protection, for the butcher and the baker and the candlestick-maker grow merry over him when they meet his work by chance.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “In life courtesy and self-possession, and in the arts style, are the sensible impressions of the free mind, for both arise out of a deliberate shaping of all things and from never being swept away, whatever the emotion into confusion or dullness.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Dream, dream, for this is also sooth.”
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