William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

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 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 water

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Upon the brimming water among the stones Are nine-and-fifty swans.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

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

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on understanding and world

To the waters, and the wild, with a Faerie, hand in hand, for the world is more full of weeping . . . than you can understand.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on play and tragedy

All perform their tragic play, There struts Hamlet, there is Lear.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Last Poems, 1936–1939, Lapis Lazuli, st. 2.

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