William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

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 anarchy, conviction, innocence, passion, and world

Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart the center cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Michael Robartes and the Dancer , 1921. The Second Coming, st. I

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on death, interest, seriousness, and sex

I am still of opinion that only two topics can be of the least interest to a serious and studious mood-sex and the dead.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Letters of W. B. Yeats

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on country, fate, and love

I know that I shall meet my fate Somewhere among the clouds above; Those that I fight I do not hate, Those that I guard I do not love; My country is Kiltartan Cross, My countrymen Kiltartan's poor.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Wild Swans at Coole 1919. An Irish Airman Foresees His Death

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on animals, death, desires, eternity, and heart

Consume my heart away, sick with desire And fastened to a dying animal It knows not what it is, and gather me Into the artifice of eternity.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Tower, 1928. Sailing to Byzantium

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on dawn, sleep, and world

What were all the world's alarms To mighty Paris when he found Sleep upon a golden bed That first dawn in Helen's arms?

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Winding Stair and Other Poems, 1933;. Lullaby

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on world

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Some burn damp faggots, others may consume The entire combustible world in one small room.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Wild Swans at Coole 1919. In Memory of Major Robert Gregory, st. II

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on art, death, love, lovers, silence, songs, speech, and wisdom

Speech after long silence; it is right, All other lovers being estranged or dead . . . That we descant and yet again descant Upon the supreme theme of Art and Song: Bodily decrepitude is wisdom; young We loved each other and were ignorant.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Winding Stair and Other Poems, 1933;. After Long Silence

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats

I carry the sun in a golden cup, The moon in a silver bag.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Winding Stair and Other Poems, 1933;. Those Dancing Days Are Gone

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