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William Butler Yeats Quote: “When all is said and done, how do we know but that our own unreason may be better than another’s truth? for it has been warmed on our hearths and in our souls, and is ready for the wild bees of truth to hive in it, and make their sweet honey.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Bodies of holy men and women exude Miraculous oil, odour of violet. But under heavy loads of trampled clay Lie bodies of the vampires full of blood; Their shrouds are bloody and their lips are wet.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Hurrah for revolution and cannon come again! The beggars have changed places, but the lash goes on.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “The soul of man is of the imperishable substance of the stars!”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “A strange thing surely that my Heart, when love had come unsought Upon the Norman upland or in that poplar shade, Should find no burden but itself and yet should be worn out. It could not bear that burden and therefore it went mad.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “All that could run or leap or swim Whether in wood, water or cloud, Acclaiming, proclaiming, declaiming Him.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Lionel Johnson comes the first to mind, That loved his learning better than mankind, Though courteous to the worst; much falling he Brooded upon sanctity...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “There are a few of the open-air spirits; the more domestic of their tribe gather within-doors, plentiful as swallows under southern eaves.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “God spreads the heavens above us like great wings, And gives a little round of deeds and days.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “But stories that live longest Are sung above the glass, And Parnell loved his country And Parnell loved his lass.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Beloved, gaze in thine own heart, The holy tree is growing there; From joy the holy branches start, And all the trembling flowers they bear. The changing colours of its fruit Have dowered the stars with merry light; The surety of its hidden root Has planted quiet in the night; The shaking of its leafy head.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “O sweet everlasting Voices, be still; Go to the guards of the heavenly fold And bid them wander obeying your will, Flame under flame, till Time be no more...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Even the wisest man grows tense With some sort of violence Before he can accomplish fate, Know his work or choose his mate. Poet and sculptor, do the work, Nor let the modish painter shirk.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “The woods of Arcady are dead, And over is their antique joy; Of old the world on dreaming fed Gray Truth is now her painted toy.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I carry from my mother’s womb a fanatic’s heart.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Let the new faces play what tricks they will In the old rooms; night can outbalance day, Our shadows rove the garden gravel still, The living seem more shadowy than they.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “It’s certain there are trout somewhere – And maybe I shall take a trout – but I do not seem to care.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I have believed the best of every man. And find that to believe is enough to make a bad man show him at his best, or even a good man swings his lantern higher.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “All think what other people think; All know the man their neighbor knows. Lord, what would they say Did their Catullus walk that way?”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Test every work of intellect or faith and everything that your own hands have wrought.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I would have touched it like a child But knew my finger could but have touched Cold stone and water. I grew wild, Even accusing heaven because It had set down among its laws: Nothing that we love over-much Is ponderable to our touch.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “You who are bent, and bald, and blind, With a heavy heart and a wandering mind, Have known three centuries, poets sing, Of dalliance with a demon thing.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Irish poets, learn your trade, sing whatever is well made, scorn the sort now growing up all out of shape from toe to top.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I call on those that call me son, Grandson, or great-grandson, On uncles, aunts, great-uncles or great-aunts, To judge what I have done. Have I, that put it into words, Spoilt what old loins have sent?”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I hate journalists. There is nothing in them but tittering jeering emptiness. They have all made what Dante calls the Great Refusal. The shallowest people on the ridge of the earth.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I agree about Shaw – he is haunted by the mystery he flouts. He is an atheist who trembles in the haunted corridor.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “But was there ever dog that praised his fleas?”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Let us go forth, the tellers of tales, and seize whatever prey the heart long for, and have no fear.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Players and painted stage took all my love, And not those things that they were emblems of.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “He who made you bitter made you wise.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “A tree there is that from its topmost bough Is half all glittering flame and half all green Abounding foliage moistened with the dew; And half is half and yet is all the scene; And half and half consume what they renew...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “My curse on plays That have to be set up in fifty ways, On the day’s war with every knave and dolt, Theater business, management of men.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “While man can still his body keep Wine or love drug him to sleep, Waking he thanks the Lord that he Has body and its stupidity...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “When I clamber to the heights of sleep, Or when I grow excited with wine, suddenly I meet your face.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Everything we look upon is blest.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “There is only one romance the Soul’s.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Women are hard and proud and stubborn-hearted, Their heads being turned with praise and flattery; And that is why their lovers are afraid To tell them a plain story.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Nor dread nor hope attend a dying animal; a man awaits his end dreading and hoping all.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “We poets would die of loneliness but for women, and we choose our men friends that we may have somebody to talk about women with. Letter to Olivia Shakespeare, 1936.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “What’s memory but the ash That chokes our fires that have begun to sink?”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Now must we sing and sing the best we can, But first you must be told your character: Convicted cowards all, by kindred slain.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Our own acts are isolated and one act does not buy absolution for another.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “On limestone quarried near the spot By his command these words are cut: Cast a cold eye On life, on death. Horseman, pass by!”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “O hiding hair and dewy eyes, I am no more with life and death, My heart upon his warm heart lies, My breath is mixed into his breath.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I can forgive even that wrong of wrongs, Those undreamt accidents that have made me Seeing that Fame has perished this long while, Being but a part of ancient ceremony Notorious, till all my priceless things Are but a post the passing dogs defile.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “O heart, we are old; The living beauty is for younger men: We cannot pay its tribute of wild tears.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “He only can create the greatest imaginable beauty who has endured all imaginable pangs, for only when we have seen and foreseen what we dread shall we be rewarded by that dazzling unforeseen wing-footed wanderer.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Some moralist or mythological poet Compares the solitary soul to a swan; I am satisfied with that, Satisfied if a troubled mirror show it, Before that brief gleam of its life be gone...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “So long as all is ordered for attack, and that alone, leaders will instinctively increase the number of enemies that they may give their followers something to do.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “It seems to me that love, if fine, is essentially a discipline.”
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