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 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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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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