William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

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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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 heart

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Homer is my example and his unchristened heart.

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 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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