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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: “O heart, we are old; The living beauty is for younger men: We cannot pay its tribute of wild tears.”
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: “Who mocks at music mocks at love.”
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: “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: “But was there ever dog that praised his fleas?”
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: “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: “Everything we look upon is blest.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “He who made you bitter made you wise.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Boughs have their fruit and blossom At all times of the year; Rivers are running over With red beer and brown beer.”
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: “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: “The women that I picked spoke sweet and low And yet gave tongue. “Hound voices” were they all.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “I – love’s skein upon the ground, My body in the tomb – Shall leap into the light lost In my mother’s womb.”
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: “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.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Those men that in their writings are most wise Own nothing but their blind, stupefied hearts.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “The creations of a great writer are little more than the moods and passions of his own heart, given surnames and Christian names, and sent to walk the earth.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Our own acts are isolated and one act does not buy absolution for another.”
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: “It’s certain there is no fine thing Since Adam’s fall but needs much laboring.”
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: “If a poet interprets a poem of his own he limits its suggestibility.”
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: “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: “It was my first meeting with a philosophy that confirmed my vague speculations and seemed at once logical and boundless.”
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: “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: “I would that there was nothing in the world But my beloved that night and day had perished, And all that is and all that is to be, All that is not the meeting of our lips.”
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: “We have lit upon the gentle, sensitive mind And lost the old nonchalance of the hand; Whether we have chosen chisel, pen or brush, We are but critics, or but half create.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “A terrible beauty is born.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “The common breeds the common, A lout begets a lout, So when I take on half a score I knock their heads about.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “An intellectual hatred is the worst.”
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: “If soul my look and body touch, Which is the more blest?”
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: “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: “Nay, are there not moods which shall find no expression unless there be men who dare to mix heaven, hell, purgatory, and faeryland together, or even to set the heads of beasts to the bodies of men, or to thrust the souls of men into the heart of rocks?”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “The poor have very few hours in which to enjoy themselves; they must take their pleasure raw; they haven’t the time to cook it.”
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: “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.”
William Butler Yeats Quote: “Swift has sailed into his rest; Savage indignation there Cannot lacerate his breast Imitate him if you dare, World-besotted traveler; he Served human liberty.”
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.”
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