William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

A Quote by William Butler Yeats on blessings, remorse, surrender, escape, joy, openness, heart, laughter, and singing

When such as I cast out remorse
So great a sweetness flows into the breast
We must laugh and we must sing,
We are blest by everything,
Everything we look upon is blessed.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats

I must lie down where all the ladders start,
In the foul rag-and-bone shop of my heart.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on animals and supernatural

One often hears of a horse that shivers with terror, or of a dog that howls at something a mans eyes cannot see, and men who live primitive lives where instinct does the work of reason are fully conscious,of many things we cannot perceive at all. As life becomes more orderly, more deliberate, the supernatural world sinks farther away.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on books and dream

When you are old and gray and full of sleep  
  And nodding by the fire, take down this book,  
  And slowly read, and dream of the soft look  
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Oxford Book of English Verse

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats

...Now that my ladder's gone,
I must lie down where all the ladders start,
In the foul rag-and-bone shop of the heart.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Circus Animals' Desertion

Contributed by: Joe

A Quote by William Butler Yeats on quarrel, poetry, and rhetoric

"Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric;
out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry."

~William Butler Yeats~

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on education, inspiring, learning, and life

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats

We can make our minds so like still water
that beings gather about us to see their own images,
and so live for a moment with a clearer,
perhaps even with a fiercer life because of our silence.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Contributed by: Kephera

A Quote by William Butler Yeats on poetry, yeats, and dreams

"But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams."

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: William Butler Yeats

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats

Why should he think me cruel
  Or that he is betrayed?
I'd have him love the thing that was
  Before the world was made.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: A Woman Young and Old

Contributed by: Baroque

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