William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

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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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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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on darkness, dreams, and heaven

Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths, Enwrought with golden and silver light, The blue and the dim and the dark cloths Of night and light and the half-light, I would spread the cloths under your feet: But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Wind Among the Reeds, 1899, He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven.

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on dreams

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What made us dream that he could comb gray hair?

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

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

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on love

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But is there any comfort to be found? Man is in love and loves what vanishes, What more is there to say?

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Tower, 1928. Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen

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