William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

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 mortality and soul

An aged man is but a paltry thing, A tattered coat upon a stick, unless Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing For every tatter in its mortal dress.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Tower, 1928. Sailing to Byzantium

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats

Fifteen apparitions have I seen; The worst a coat upon a coat-hanger.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Last Poems,1936–1939, The Apparitions, refrain

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on time

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And pluck till time and times are done The silver apples of the moon The golden apples of the sun.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Wind Among the Reeds, 1899, The Song of Wandering, Aengus, st.

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on art and world

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Art bids us touch and taste and hear and see the world, and shrinks from what Blake calls mathematic form, from every abstract form, from all that is of the brain only.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Cutting of an Agate, 1912.

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on hatred and mind

If there's no hatred in a mind Assault and battery of the wind Can never tear the linnet from the leaf

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

At midnight on the Emperor's pavement flit Flames that no faggot feeds, nor steel has lit.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Winding Stair and Other Poems, 1933;. Byzantium

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on men

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I heard the old, old men say "All that's beautiful drifts away Like the waters."

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: the Seven Woods, 1904. The Old Men Admiring Themselves in the Water

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