William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

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

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by William Butler Yeats on men

in

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

Contributed by: Zaady

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

Contributed by: Zaady

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

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by William Butler Yeats on pain

in

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

Contributed by: Zaady

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

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by William Butler Yeats on certainty and needs

It's certain there is no fine thing Since Adam's fall but needs much laboring.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: the Seven Woods, 1904. Adam's Curse, . st. 3

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by William Butler Yeats on death

in

A shudder in the loins engenders there The broken wall, the burning roof and tower And Agamemnon dead.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Tower, 1928. Leda and the Swan

Contributed by: Zaady

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

Contributed by: Zaady

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

Contributed by: Zaady

Syndicate content