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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: “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: “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: “A terrible beauty is born.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Dream, dream, for this is also sooth.”
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: “There is no deformity But saves us from a dream.”
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: “O heart, we are old; The living beauty is for younger men: We cannot pay its tribute of wild tears.”
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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “For what but eye and ear silence the mind With the minute particulars of mankind?”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Test every work of intellect or faith and everything that your own hands have wrought.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I carry from my mother’s womb a fanatic’s heart.”
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: “I knew that I had seen, had seen at last That girl my unremembering nights hold fast Or else my dreams that fly If I should rub an eye, And yet in flying fling into my meat A crazy juice that makes the pulses beat...”
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: “Because the priest must have like every dog his day Or keep us all awake with baying at the moon, We and our dolls being but the world were best away.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “The brawling of a sparrow in the eaves The brilliant moon and all the milky sky And all that famous harmony of leaves Had blotted out man’s image and his cry.”
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: “All that could run or leap or swim Whether in wood, water or cloud, Acclaiming, proclaiming, declaiming Him.”
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: “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: “It is so many years before one can believe enough in what one feels even to know what the feeling is.”
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: “The soul of man is of the imperishable substance of the stars!”
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: “But stories that live longest Are sung above the glass, And Parnell loved his country And Parnell loved his lass.”
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: “Accursed who brings to light of day the writings I have cast away.”
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: “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: “When I clamber to the heights of sleep, Or when I grow excited with wine, suddenly I meet your face.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Our own acts are isolated and one act does not buy absolution for another.”
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: “But bear in mind your lover’s wage Is what your looking-glass can show, And that he will turn green with rage At all that is not pictured there.”
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: “But was there ever dog that praised his fleas?”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “He who made you bitter made you wise.”
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 will make rigid my roots and branches. It is not now my turn to burst into leaves and flowers.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “There is only one romance the Soul’s.”
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: “Be secret and exult, Because of all things known That is most difficult.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “May we two stand, When we are dead, beyond the setting suns, A little from other shades apart, With mingling hair, and play upon one lute.”
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.”
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