William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

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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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on dance, future, innocence, and reverie

Imagining in excited reverie That the future years had come, Dancing to a frenzied drum, Out of the murderous innocence of the sea.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Michael Robartes and the Dancer , 1921. A Prayer for My Daughter

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on day and youth

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I knew a phoenix in my youth, so let them have their day.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Wild Swans at Coole 1919. His Phoenix, refrain

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats

I will arise and go now and go to Innisfree And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made: Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honeybee, And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Rose, 1893. The Lake Isle of Innisfree, st. I

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on darkness, force, life, perfection, and work

The intellect of man is forced to choose Perfection of the life, or of the work, And if it take the second must refuse A heavenly mansion, raging in the dark.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

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

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on anger, good, hatred, mind, quiet, understanding, and women

An intellectual hatred is the worst, So let her think opinions are accursed. Have I not seen the loveliest woman born Out of the mouth of Plenty's horn, Because of her opinionated mind Barter that horn and every good By quiet natures understood For an old bellows full of angry wind?

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Michael Robartes and the Dancer , 1921. A Prayer for My Daughter

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on learning, poets, and trade

Irish poets, learn your trade, Sing whatever is well made.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Last Poems, 1936–1939, under ben bulben, V

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on journeys

And I may dine at journey's end With Landor and with Donne.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Wild Swans at Coole 1919. To a Young Beauty, st. 3

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on beauty, desires, heart, joy, songs, time, and wisdom

Land of Heart's Desire Where beauty has no ebb, decay no flood, But joy is wisdom, time an endless song.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Land of Heart's Desire, 1894, l. 373

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