William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

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 death

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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

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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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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on art, authority, idealism, life, and people

No art can conquer the people alone-the people are conquered by an ideal of life upheld by authority.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on conviction and passion

The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Second Coming

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