William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

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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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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