William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

A Quote by William Butler Yeats on losing and mind

We have lit upon the gentle, sensitive mind And lost the old nonchalance of the hand; Whether we have chosen chisel, pen or brush, We are but critics, or but half create.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Wild Swans at Coole 1919. Ego Dominus Tuas

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on death and life

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Cast a cold eye On life, on death Horseman, pass by!

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: (Drumcliffe Cemetery; County Sligo, Ireland)

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on death, dreams, joy, truth, and world

The woods of Arcady are dead, And over is their antique joy; Of old the world on dreaming fed Gray Truth is now her painted toy.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Crossways, 1889, The Song of the Happy Shepherd

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on hatred, heaven, innocence, learning, radicals, and soul

All hatred driven hence, The soul recovers radical innocence And learns at last that it is self-delighting, Self-appeasing, self-affrighting, And that its own sweet will is Heaven's will

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

An intellectual hate is the worst.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on ambition, balance, beginning, imitation, life, poetry, and water

I had still the ambition, formed in Sligo in my teens, of living in imitation of Thoreau on Innisfree, a little island in Lough Gill, and when walking through Fleet Street very homesick I heard a little tinkle of water and saw a fountain in a shop window which balanced a little ball upon its jet, and began to remember lake water. From the sudden remembrance came my poem Innisfree.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Trembling of the Veil

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on gifts and learning

In courtesy I'd have her chiefly learned; Hearts are not had as a gift but hearts are earned.

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 death, fashion, foolishness, passion, and prayer

I pray-for fashion's word is out And prayer comes round again- That I may seem, though I die old, A foolish, passionate man.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: A Full Moon in March, 1935. A Prayer for Old Age

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on friendship, needs, and truth

Fair and foul are near of kin And fair needs foul," I cried. "My friends are gone, but that's a truth Nor grave nor bed denied."

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Winding Stair and Other Poems, 1933;. Crazy Jane Talks with the Bishop

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on thought

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John Synge, I and Augusta Gregory, thought All that we did, all that we said or sang Must come from contact with the soil, from that Contact everything Antaeus-like grew strong.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

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

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