William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

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 love

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Nothing that we love overmuch Is ponderable to our touch.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Michael Robartes and the Dancer , 1921. Towards Break of Day, st. 3

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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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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on lies, truth, and youth

Though leaves are many, the root is one; Through all the lying days of my youth I swayed my leaves and flowers in the sun Now I may wither into the truth.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Green Helmet and Other Poems, 1910. The Coming of Wisdom with Time

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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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