William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

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 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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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on thought

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O what fine thought we had because we thought that the worst rogues and rascals had died out.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Nineteen Hundred And Nineteen

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on heart and sacrifice

Too long a sacrifice Can make a stone of the heart. O when may it suffice?

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Michael Robartes and the Dancer , 1921. Easter 1916, st. 4

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on certainty and women

It's certain that fine women eat A crazy salad with their meat.

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

That dolphin-torn, that gong-tormented sea.

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 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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