William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

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 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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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on beauty, friendship, heart, and kindness

For such, Being made beautiful overmuch, Consider beauty a sufficient end, Lose natural kindness and maybe The heart-revealing intimacy That chooses right, and never find a friend. r

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 revolution

Hurrah for revolution and more cannon-shot! A beggar upon horseback lashes a beggar on foot. Hurrah for revolution and cannon come again! The beggars have changed places, but the lash goes on.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Last Poems, 1936–1939, The Great Day

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on pain

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That toil of growing up; The ignominy of boyhood; the distress Of boyhood changing into man; The unfinished man and his pain.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Winding Stair and Other Poems, 1933;. A Dialogue of Self and Soul

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