William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

A Quote by William Butler Yeats on sleep

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Now I know That twenty centuries of stony sleep Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle, And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Michael Robartes and the Dancer , 1921.

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on body, dance, and music

O chestnut tree, great rooted blossomer, Are you the leaf, the blossom or the bole? O body swayed to music, O brightening glance, How can we know the dancer from the dance.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Among School Children

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on life and loneliness

Somewhere beyond the curtain Of distorting days Lives that lonely thing That shone before these eyes Targeted, trod like Spring.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Winding Stair and Other Poems, 1933;. Quarrel in Old Age

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on death, friendship, loneliness, men, poets, and women

We poets would die of loneliness but for women, and we choose our men friends that we may have somebody to talk about women with. Letter to Olivia Shakespeare, 1936

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Letters of W. B. Yeats Letter to Olivia Shakespeare, 1936

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on certainty, good, and words

Words alone are certain good.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Crossways, 1889, The Song of the Happy Shepherd

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on difficulty and secrets

Be secret and exult, Because of all things known That is most difficult.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Responsibilities. To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Nothing

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats

Under bare Ben Bulben's head In Drumcliff churchyard Yeats is laid.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Last Poems, 1936–1939, Under Ben Bulben

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on poets

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see T. S. Eliot, 'Yeats the Poet' and W. H. Auden, 'Yeats the Poet'

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on foolishness, god, life, tears, and world

She bid me take life easy, as the grass grows on the weirs; But I was young and foolish, and now am full of tears. The years like great black oxen tread the world And God the herdsman goads them on behind And I am broken by their passing feet.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Countess Cathleen, 1892, last lines

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on god and love

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Only God, my dear, Could love you for yourself alone And not your yellow hair.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Winding Stair and Other Poems, 1933;. For Anne Gregory

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