William Butler Yeats Quotes

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William Butler Yeats Quotes

Though I have many words,
What womans satisfied,
I am no longer faint
Because at her side?
O who could have foretold
That the heart grows old?
— William Butler Yeats —

If suffering brings wisdom, I would wish to be less wise.

— William Butler Yeats

Only an aching heart
Conceives a changeless work of art.

— William Butler Yeats

Yet it seems
Life scarce can cast a fragrance on the wind,
Scarce spread a glory to the morning beams,
But the torn petals strew the garden plot;
And there's but common greenness after that.

— William Butler Yeats

By logic and reason we die hourly; by imagination we live.

— William Butler Yeats

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

Only the dead can be forgiven; But when I think of that my tongue's a stone.

— William Butler Yeats

I say that Roger Casement
Did what he had to do,
He died upon the gallows
But that is nothing new.

— William Butler Yeats

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

Though I have many words,
What woman's satisfied,
I am no longer faint
Because at her side?
O who could have foretold
That the heart grows old?

— William Butler Yeats

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

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

Englishmen are babes in philosophy and so prefer faction-fighting to the labor of its unfamiliar thought.

— William Butler Yeats

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

Art bids us touch and taste and hear and see the world, and shrinks from what Blake calls mathematic form, from every abstract form, from all that is of the brain only.

— William Butler Yeats

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