William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

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 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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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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