William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

A Quote by William Butler Yeats on confusion, emotion, life, mind, possessions, and style

In life courtesy and self-possession, and in the arts style, are the sensible impressions of the free mind, for both arise out of a deliberate shaping of all things and from never being swept away, whatever the emotion into confusion or dullness.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Essays and Introductions, 1960, Poetry and the Tradition

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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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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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