William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

A Quote by William Butler Yeats

I have spread my dreams beneath your feet. Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on dreams, wealth, love, and future

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)

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on pity, love, and heart

A pity beyond all telling is hid in the heart of love.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on impermanence, life, death, and obituary

Cast a cold Eye
On Life, on Death
Horseman, pass by

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: W.B. Yeats Obituary

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on optimism, self-awareness, heart, joy, flowers, perception, self, and passion

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.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The title of the poem is: The Two Trees

Contributed by: Laurie

A Quote by William Butler Yeats on language and people

Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on sleep

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Now I know That twenty centuries of stony sleep Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle, And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Michael Robartes and the Dancer , 1921.

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by William Butler Yeats on body, dance, and music

O chestnut tree, great rooted blossomer, Are you the leaf, the blossom or the bole? O body swayed to music, O brightening glance, How can we know the dancer from the dance.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Among School Children

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on life and loneliness

Somewhere beyond the curtain Of distorting days Lives that lonely thing That shone before these eyes Targeted, trod like Spring.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Winding Stair and Other Poems, 1933;. Quarrel in Old Age

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by William Butler Yeats on death, friendship, loneliness, men, poets, and women

We poets would die of loneliness but for women, and we choose our men friends that we may have somebody to talk about women with. Letter to Olivia Shakespeare, 1936

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Letters of W. B. Yeats Letter to Olivia Shakespeare, 1936

Contributed by: Zaady

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