William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

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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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 learning and mankind

O but we dreamed to mend Whatever mischief seemed To afflict mankind, but now That winds of winter blow Learn that we were crack-pated when we dreamed.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Tower, 1928. Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on death, heart, speech, and thought

A thought Of that late death took all my heart for speech.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Wild Swans at Coole 1919. In Memory of Major Robert Gregory, st. I

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on dreams and responsibility

In dreams begin responsibility.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on age, dogs, expectation, heart, imagination, impossibility, and passion

What shall I do with this absurdity- O heart, O troubled heart-this caricature, Decrepit age that has been tied to me As to a dog's tail? Never had I more Excited, passionate, fantastical Imagination, nor an ear and eye That more expected the impossible.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Tower, 1928. The Tower

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