William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

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 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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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on death, life, and words

On limestone quarried near the spot By his command these words are cut: Cast a cold eye On life, on death. Horseman, pass by!

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Last Poems, 1936–1939, Under Ben Bulben

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on heart

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I hear it in the deep heart's core.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Rose, 1893. The Lake Isle of Innisfree, st. 3

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on children and heart

All things uncomely and broken, all things worn out and old The cry of a child by the roadway, the creak of a lumbering cart, The heavy steps of the plowman, splashing the wintry mold, Are wronging your image that blossoms a rose in the deeps of my heart.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Wind Among the Reeds, 1899, The Lover Tells of the Rose in His Heart, st.

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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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