William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

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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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 day and songs

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The unpurged images of day recede; The Emperor's drunken soldiery are abed; Night resonance recedes, night-walkers' song After great cathedral gong.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

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

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats

Unwearied still, lover by lover, They paddle in the cold Companionable streams or climb the air; Their hearts have not grown old.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Wild Swans at Coole 1919. The Wild Swans at Coole, st. 4

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats

Lord, what would they say Did their Catullus walk that way?

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Wild Swans at Coole 1919. The Scholars, st. 2

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