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

— William Butler Yeats

Choose your companions from the best; Who draws a bucket with the rest soon topples down the hill.

— William Butler Yeats

I have known more men destroyed by the desire to have wife and child and to keep them in comfort than I have seen destroyed by drink and harlots.

— William Butler Yeats

Beloved, let your eyes half close, and your heart beat
Over my heart, and your hair fall over my breast,
Drowning love's lonely hour in deep twilight of rest ...

— 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

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

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

— William Butler Yeats

We are closed in, and the key is turned / On our uncertainty ...

— William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats Quotes: When walt whitman writes in seeming
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

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

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

— William Butler Yeats

John Synge, I and Augusta Gregory, thought All that we did, all that we said or sang Must come from contact with the soil, from that Contact everything Antaeus-like grew strong.

— William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats Quotes: Give to these children new from the
Give to these children, new from the world,
Rest far from men.
Is anything better, anything better?
Tell us it then ...

— William Butler Yeats

Many times man lives and dies
Betweeen his two eternities,
That of race and that of soul,
And ancient Ireland knew it all.
Whether man die in his bed
Or the rifle knocks him dead

— William Butler Yeats

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

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

— William Butler Yeats

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

William Butler Yeats Quotes: How can the arts overcome the slow dying
How can the arts overcome the slow dying of men's hearts that we call progress ?

— William Butler Yeats

A sea captain when he stands upon the bridge, or looks out from his deck-house, thinks much about God and about the world. Away in the valley yonder among the corn and the poppies men may well forget all things except the warmth of the sun upon the face, and the kind shadow under the hedge; but he who journeys through storm and darkness must needs think and think.

— 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

William Butler Yeats Quotes: Though i have many words what womans
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 heard that hysterical women say
They are sick of the palette and fiddle-bow,
Of poets that are always gay

— William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats Quotes: All think what other people think all
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

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

How can they know
Truth flourishes where the student's lamp has shone,
And there alone, that have no solitude?
So the crowd come they care not what may come.
They have loud music, hope every day renewed
And heartier loves; that lamp is from the tomb.

— William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats Quotes: Nor seek for this is also sooth to
Nor seek, for this is also sooth,
To hunger fiercely after truth,
Lest all thy toiling only breeds
New dreams, new dreams; there is no truth
Saving in thine own heart.

— William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats Quotes: Nor bird nor beastcould make me wish for
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

William Butler Yeats Quotes: What if i bade you leavethe cavern of
What if I bade you leave
The cavern of the mind?
There's better exercise
In the sunlight and wind.

— William Butler Yeats

No man has ever lived that had enough of children's gratitude or woman's love.

— William Butler Yeats

If what I say resonates with you, it's merely because we're branches of the same tree.

— William Butler Yeats

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

— William Butler Yeats

If there's no hatred in a mind Assault and battery of the wind Can never tear the linnet from the leaf

— William Butler Yeats

Farewell - farewell, For I am weary of the weight of time.

— William Butler Yeats

All the wild-witches, those most notable ladies For all their broom-sticks and their tears, Their angry tears, are gone.

— William Butler Yeats

Teaching is not filling up a pail, it is lighting a fire.

— 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

The Muse is mute when public men
Applaud a modern throne.

— William Butler Yeats

From our birthday, until we die, Is but the winking of an eye.

— William Butler Yeats

Now as at all times I can see in the mind's eye, In their stiff, painted clothes, the pale unsatisfied ones Appear and disappear in the blue depth of the sky With all their ancient faces like rain- beaten stones, And all their helms of silver hovering.

— William Butler Yeats

Gaze no more in the bitter glass
The demons, with their subtle guile,
Lift up before us when they pass,
Or only gaze a little while ...

— William Butler Yeats

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

The chief imagination of Christendom,
Dante Alighieri, so utterly found himself
That he has made that hollow face of his
More plain to the mind's eye than any face
But that of Christ.

— William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats Quotes: And if joy were not on the earth there
And if joy were not on the earth,
There were an end of change and birth,
And Earth and Heaven and Hell would die,
And in some gloomy barrow lie
Folded like a frozen fly ...

— William Butler Yeats

My father was an angry and impatient teacher and flung the reading book at my head.

— William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats Quotes: Art bids us touch and taste and hear and
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

Some burn damp faggots, others may consume The entire combustible world in one small room.

— William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats Quotes: There is no releasein a bodkin or
There is no release
In a bodkin or disease,
Nor can there be a work so great
As that which cleans man's dirty slate.

— William Butler Yeats

And many a poor man that has roved Loved and thought himself beloved From a glad kindness cannot take his eyes.

— William Butler Yeats

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

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