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 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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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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