William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

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 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

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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

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on dreams and responsibility

In dreams begin responsibility.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on business, heart, and world

The only business of the head in the world is to bow a ceaseless obeisance to the heart.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Letter (1886)

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on christ, discipline, and tolerance

Odor of blood when Christ was slain Made all Platonic tolerance vain And vain all Doric discipline.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Tower, 1928. Two Songs from a Play

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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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