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William Butler Yeats Quote: “I am of a healthy long lived race, and our minds improve with age.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “We only believe in those thoughts which have been conceived not in the brain but in the whole body.”
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: “What the world’s million lips are searching for, must be substantial somewhere.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “In luck or out the toil has left its mark: That old perplexity an empty purse, Or the day’s vanity, the night’s remorse.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “As man, as beast, as an ephemeral fly begets, Godhead begets Godhead, For things below are copies, the Great Smaragdine Tablet said. Yet all must copy copies, all increase their kind...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Where the world ends The mind is made unchanging, for it finds Miracle, ecstasy, the impossible hope, The flagstone under all, the fire of fires, The roots of the world.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Be secret and exult, Because of all things known That is most difficult.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “You ask what I have found and far and wide I go, Nothing but Cromwell’s house and Cromwell’s murderous crew, The lovers and the dancers are beaten into the clay, And the tall men and the swordsmen and the horsemen where are they?”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “When we are high and airy hundreds say That if we hold that flight they’ll leave the place, While those same hundreds mock another day Because we have made our art of common things...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I thought it out this very day, Noon upon the clock, A man may put pretence away Who leans upon a stick, May sing, and sing until he drop, Whether to maid or hag...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “And God, the herdsman, goads them on behind.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “O heart the winds have shaken, the unappeasable host Is comelier than candles at Mother Mary’s feet.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “All that we did, all that we said or sang must come from contact with the soil.”
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: “He was a great teller of tales, and unlike our common romancers, knew how to empty heaven, hell, and purgatory, faeryland and earth, to people his stories.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Nor dread nor hope attend A dying animal; A man awaits his end Dreading and hoping all; Many times he died, Many times rose again. A great man in his pride Confronting murderous men Casts derision upon Supersession of breath; He knows death to the bone – Man has created death.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Who mocks at music mocks at love.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I – though heart might find relief Did I become a Christian man and choose for my belief What seems most welcome in the tomb – play a predestined part. Homer is my example and his unchristened heart.”
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: “In mockery I have set A powerful emblem up, And sing it rhyme upon rhyme In mockery of a time Half dead at the top.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Accursed who brings to light of day the writings I have cast 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: “Mysticism has been in the past and probably ever will be one of the great powers of the world and it is bad scholarship to pretend the contrary.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Come let us mock at the good That fancied goodness might be gay, And sick of solitude Might proclaim a holiday: Wind shrieked and where are they?”
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: “Neither Christ nor Buddha nor Socrates wrote a book, for to do so is to exchange life for a logical process.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Once you attempt legislation upon religious grounds, you open the way for every kind of intolerance and religious persecution.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I bear a burden that might well try Men that do all by rule, And what can I That am a wandering-witted fool But pray to God that He ease My great responsibilities?”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “A spot whereon the founders lived and died Seemed once more dear than life; ancestral trees, Or gardens rich in memory glorified Marriages, alliances, and families, And every bride’s ambition satisfied.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “We all to some extent meet again and again the same people and certainly in some cases form a kind of family of two or three or more persons who come together life after life until all passionate relations are exhausted, the child of one life the husband, wife, brother, sister of the next. Sometimes, however, a single relationship will repeat itself, turning its revolving wheel again and again.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “What can be shown? What true love be? All could be known or shown If Time were but gone.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “This great purple butterfly, In the prison of my hands, Has a learning in his eye Not a poor fool understands.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “The desire that is satisfied is not a great desire, nor has the shoulder used all its might that an unbreakable gate has never strained.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “O what fine thought we had because we thought that the worst rogues and rascals had died out.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Nor bird nor beast Could make me wish for anything this day, Being old, but that the old alone might die, And that would be against God’s Providence.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I am still of opinion that only two topics can be of the least interest to a serious and studious mood – sex and the dead.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “A terrible beauty is born.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “My soul had found All happiness in its own cause or ground. Godhead on Godhead in sexual spasm begot Godhead. Some shadow fell. My soul forgot Those amorous cries that out of quiet come And must the common round of day resume.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “All the great masters have understood that there cannot be great art without the little limited life of the fable, which is always better the simpler it is, and the rich, far-wandering, many-imaged life of the half-seen world beyond it.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “The women that I picked spoke sweet and low And yet gave tongue. “Hound voices” were they all.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “While they danced they came over them the weariness with the world, the melancholy, the pity one for the other, which is the exultation of love.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “If soul my look and body touch, Which is the more blest?”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Choose your companions from the best; Who draws a bucket with the rest soon topples down the hill.”
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: “All art is in the last analysis an endeavor to condense as out of the flying vapor of the world an image of human perfection, and for its own and not for the art’s sake.”
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: “There where the course is, Delight makes all of the one mind, The riders upon the galloping horses, The crowd that closes in behind...”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “An intellectual hatred is the worst.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Shakespeare cared little for the State, the source of all our judgments, apart from its shows and splendours, its turmoils and battles, its flamings out of the uncivilized heart.”
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