William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

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 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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