William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

A Quote by William Butler Yeats on truth

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Man can embody truth but he cannot know it.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Letter (4 January 1939)

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on charm and mountains

One had a lovely face, And two or three had charm, But charm and face were in vain. Because the mountain grass Cannot keep the form Where the mountain hare has lain.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: "Memory"

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on mind and silence

Like a long-legged fly upon the stream His mind moves upon silence.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Last Poems, 1936–1939, long-Legged fly, refrain

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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 god, loneliness, time, and world

And God stands winding His lonely horn, And time and the world are ever in flight.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Wind Among the Reeds, 1899, Into the Twilight

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on duty, impulses, laws, loneliness, and men

Nor law, nor duty bade me fight, Nor public men, nor cheering crowds, A lonely impulse of delight Drove to this tumult in the clouds.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Wild Swans at Coole 1919. An Irish Airman Foresees His Death

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