William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

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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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on bravery, death, and romance

Was it for this the wild geese spread The gray wing upon every tide; For this that all that blood was shed, For this. Edward Fitzgerald died, And Robert Emmet and Wolfe Tone, All that delirium of the brave? Romantic Ireland's dead and gone, It's with O'Leary in the grave.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Responsibilities. September, 1913, st. 3

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on blindness, contentment, and life

I am content to live it all again And yet again, if it be life to pitch Into the frog-spawn of a blind man's ditch.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Winding Stair and Other Poems, 1933;. A Dialogue of Self and Soul

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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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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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