William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

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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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on body, clothes, soul, and women

I gave what other women gave That stepped out of their clothes But when this soul, its body off Naked to naked goes, He it has found shall find therein What none other knows.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Winding Stair and Other Poems, 1933;. A Woman Young and Old, A Last Confession

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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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