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
Contributed by: Zaady
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
Source: The Letters of W. B. Yeats Letter to Olivia Shakespeare, 1936
What shall I do for pretty girls Now my old bawd is dead?
Source: Last Poems, 1936–1939, John Kinsella's Lament for Mrs. Mary Moore, refrain
Ecstasy is from the contemplation of things vaster than the individual and imperfectly seen perhaps, by all those that still live.
Source: Dramatis Personae (1935)
Under bare Ben Bulben's head In Drumcliff churchyard Yeats is laid.
Source: Last Poems, 1936–1939, Under Ben Bulben
see T. S. Eliot, 'Yeats the Poet' and W. H. Auden, 'Yeats the Poet'
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.
Source: The Countess Cathleen, 1892, last lines
Only God, my dear, Could love you for yourself alone And not your yellow hair.
Source: The Winding Stair and Other Poems, 1933;. For Anne Gregory
Come let us mock at the great That had such burdens on the mind And toiled so hard and late To leave some monument behind, Nor thought of the leveling wind.
Source: The Tower, 1928. Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen
Education is not filling a bucket but lighting a fire.
Source: Zen Quotes 1
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