William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

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 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 contentment, difficulty, heart, joy, and spontaneity

The fascination of what's difficult Has dried the sap out of my veins, and rent Spontaneous joy and natural content Out of my heart.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Green Helmet and Other Poems, 1910. The Fascination of What's Difficult

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on bitterness

The Land of Faery, Where nobody gets old and godly and grave, Where nobody gets old and crafty and wise Where nobody gets old and bitter of tongue.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Land of Heart's Desire, 1894, l. 48

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on mind and saints

But what is Whiggery? A leveling, rancorous, rational sort of mind That never looked out of the eye of a saint Or out of a drunkard's eye.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

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

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