William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

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 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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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on thought

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A line will take us hours maybe; Yet if it does not seem a moment's thought, Our stitching and unstitching has been naught.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Adam's Curse.

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on heart, love, and pity

A pity beyond all telling Is hid in the heart of love.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Rose, 1893. The Pity of Love

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on birds and gold

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I have read somewhere that in the Emperor's palace at Byzantium was a tree made of gold and silver, and artificial birds that sang.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: YEATS'S note

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