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

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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 individuality

Ecstasy is from the contemplation of things vaster than the individual and imperfectly seen perhaps, by all those that still live.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Dramatis Personae (1935)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by William Butler Yeats on evil, imagination, and men

Evil comes to all us men of imagination wearing as its mask all the virtues.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on love

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Nothing that we love overmuch Is ponderable to our touch.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Michael Robartes and the Dancer , 1921. Towards Break of Day, st. 3

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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

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