William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

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 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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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on discovery and faith

The true faith discovered was When painted panel, statuary, Glass-mosaic, window-glass, Amended what was told awry By some peasant gospeler.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Tower, 1928. Wisdom

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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 on cats

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Minnaloushe creeps through the grass Alone, important and wise, And lifts to the changing moon His changing eyes. The Wild Swans at Coole 1919. The Cat and the Moon

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Wild Swans at Coole 1919. The Cat and the Moon

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