William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

A Quote by William Butler Yeats on good

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Mock mockers after that That would not lift a hand maybe To help good, wise or great To bar that foul storm out, for we Traffic in mockery.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Tower, 1928. Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on gold, nature, and past

Once out of nature I shall never take My bodily form from any natural thing, But such a form as Grecian goldsmiths make Of hammered gold and gold enameling To keep a drowsy Emperor awake; Or set upon a golden bough to sing To lords and ladies of Byzantium Of what is past, or passing, or to come.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Tower, 1928. Sailing to Byzantium

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on conscience, day, thought, and vanity

Things said or done long years ago Or things I did not do or say But thought that I might say or do, Weigh me down, and not a day But something is recalled, My conscience or my vanity appalled.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Winding Stair and Other Poems, 1933;. Vacillation, III

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on beginning, friendship, and glory

Think where man's glory most begins and ends, And say my glory was I had such friends.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Last Poems, 1936–1939, The Municipal Gallery Revisited

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on heart and lies

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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: Last Poems,1936–1939, The Circus Animal’s Desertion, III

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on body and soul

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If soul my look and body touch, Which is the more blest?

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Last Poems, 1936–1939, The Lady’s Second Song, st. 3.

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on beauty, grace, love, and soul

How many loved your moments of glad grace And loved your beauty with love false or true But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you And loved the sorrows of your changing face.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Rose, 1893. When You Are Old, st. 2

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on age, dance, lust, and songs

You think it horrible that lust and rage Should dance attention upon my old age; They were not such a plague when I was young; What else have I to spur me into song?

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Last Poems, 1936–1939, The Spur

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on heaven and tragedy

Heaven blazing into the head: Tragedy wrought to its uttermost. Though Hamlet rambles and Lear rages And all the drop-scenes drop at once Upon a hundred thousand stages It cannot grow by an inch or an ounce.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Last Poems, 1936–1939, Lapis Lazuli, st. 3.

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on imagination, losing, and women

Does the imagination dwell the most Upon a woman won or a woman lost?

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Tower, 1928. The Tower

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