William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

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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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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