William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

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 dreams

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Dream, dream, for this is also sooth.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

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

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on dreams

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But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet Tread softly because you tread on n dreams.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Wind Among the Reeds, 1899, He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven.

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on beginning, dreams, and responsibility

In dreams begins responsibility.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Responsibilities, 1914, epigraph (from an old play)

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on men

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The worst thing about some men is that when they are not drunk they are sober.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on birds, country, death, generations, men, music, sensuality, and songs

That is no country for old men. The young In one another's arms, birds in the trees - Those dying generations-at their song, The salmon-falls, the mackerel-crowded seas, Fish, flesh, or fowl, commend all summer long Whatever is begotten, born, and dies. Caught in that sensual music all neglect Monuments of unaging intellect.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Tower, 1928. Sailing to Byzantium

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on education

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on dance and play

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When I play on my fiddle in Dooney Folk dance like a wave of the sea.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Wind Among the Reeds, 1899, The Fiddler of Dooney st.

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on heart

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Whatever flames upon the night Man's own resinous heart has fed.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Tower, 1928. Two Songs from a Play

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on heart

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O heart! O heart! if she'd but turn her head You'd know the folly of being comforted.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: the Seven Woods, 1904. The Folly of Being Comforted.

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