William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

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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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 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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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on dreams

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I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven (1899)

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