William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

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 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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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on fame and harmony

The brawling of a sparrow in the eaves The brilliant moon and all the milky sky And all that famous harmony of leaves Had blotted out man's image and his cry.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Rose, 1893. The Sorrow of Love, st. I

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats

An agony of flame that cannot singe a sleeve.

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 anger, nobility, and tears

All the wild witches, those most noble ladies, For all their broomsticks and their tears, Their angry tears, are gone.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Wild Swans at Coole 1919. Lines Written in Dejection 1. 4

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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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