William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

A Quote by William Butler Yeats on imitation, liberty, rest, and world

Swift has sailed into his rest; Savage indignation there Cannot lacerate his breast Imitate him if you dare, World-besotted traveler; he Served human liberty.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Winding Stair and Other Poems, 1933;. Swift's Epitaph

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on imagination, life, mind, quiet, temptation, and truth

My temptation is quiet. Here at life's end Neither loose imagination Nor the mill of the mind Consuming its rag and bone, Can make the truth known.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Last Poems, 1936–1939, An Acre of Grass

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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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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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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on body, sacred, and world

Whence had they come The hand and lash that beat down frigid Rome? What sacred drama through her body heaved When world-transforming Charlemagne was conceived?

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: A Full Moon in March, 1935. Supernatural Songs, VIII, Whence Had They Come?

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on boldness, deception, enemies, gold, heart, love, and mind

The Mask "Put off that mask of burning gold With emerald eyes." "O no, my dear, you make so bold To find if hearts be wild and wise, And yet not cold." "I would but find what's there to find, Love or deceit." "It was the mask engaged your mind, And after set your heart to beat, Not what's behind." "But lest you are my enemy, I must enquire." "O no, my dear, let all that be, What matter, so there is but fire In you, in me?"

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on mountains and music

Down the mountain walls From where Pan's cavern is Intolerable music falls. Foul goat-head, brutal arm appear, Belly, shoulder, bum, Flash fishlike; nymphs and satyrs Copulate in the foam.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Last Poems, 1936–1939, News for the Delphic Oracle

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on belief, life, and soul

The mystical life is the centre of all that I do and all that I think and all that I write. . . . I have always considered myself a voice of what I believe to be a greater renaissance - the revolt of the soul against the intellect.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Letter to author Laurence Housman (23 July 1892)

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on songs

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He that sings a lasting song Thinks in a marrowbone.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: A Full Moon in March, 1935. A Prayer for Old Age

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on kindness, love, and thought

And many a poor man that has roved Loved and thought himself beloved From a glad kindness cannot take his eyes.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Michael Robartes and the Dancer , 1921. A Prayer for My Daughter

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