William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

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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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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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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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 quotations

"The sun in a golden cup" . . . though not "the moon in a silver bag," is a quotation from the last of Mr. Ezra Pound's Cantos.-W. B. YEATS

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: note in The Winding Stair and Other Poems

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