William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

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 death

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What shall I do for pretty girls Now my old bawd is dead?

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Last Poems, 1936–1939, John Kinsella's Lament for Mrs. Mary Moore, refrain

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on individuality

Ecstasy is from the contemplation of things vaster than the individual and imperfectly seen perhaps, by all those that still live.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Dramatis Personae (1935)

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on evil, imagination, and men

Evil comes to all us men of imagination wearing as its mask all the virtues.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on mind and thought

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.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Tower, 1928. Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on education

Education is not filling a bucket but lighting a fire.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Zen Quotes 1

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on mind

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Hands, do what you're bid: Bring the balloon of the mind That bellies and drags in the wind Into its narrow shed.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Wild Swans at Coole 1919. The Balloon of the Mind

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on beauty, body, dance, despair, labor, music, pleasure, soul, and wisdom

Labor is blossoming or dancing where The body is not bruised to pleasure soul, Nor beauty born out of its own despair, Nor blear-eyed wisdom out of midnight oil. 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: The Tower, 1928. Among School Children

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on children, gratitude, life, love, and women

No man has ever lived that had enough Of children's gratitude or woman's love.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Winding Stair and Other Poems, 1933;. Vacillation, III

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on death, love, truth, and wine

Wine comes in at the mouth And love comes in at the eye That's all we shall know for truth Before we grow old and die.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Green Helmet and Other Poems, 1910. A Drinking Song

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