William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

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

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 on garden and god

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Locke sank into a swoon; The Garden died; God took the spinning-jenny Out of his side.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Tower, 1928. Fragments

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