William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

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 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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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on bankers, thought, work, and world

For to articulate sweet sounds together Is to work harder than all these, and yet Be thought an idler by the noisy set Of bankers, schoolmasters, and clergymen The martyrs call the world.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

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

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats

I said, "A line will take us hours maybe; Yet if it does not seem a moment's though Our stitching and unstitching has been naught. Better go down upon your marrow-bones And scrub a kitchen pavement, or break stones."

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

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

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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

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