William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

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 poetry and rhetoric

Out of our quarrels with others we make rhetoric. Out of our quarrels with ourselves we make poetry.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on day, dreams, endurance, love, and pleasure

Everything that man esteems Endures a moment or a day. Love's pleasure drives his love away, The painter's brush consumes his dreams.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Tower, 1928. Two Songs from a Play

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on change, gold, life, slavery, and sorrow

I see my life go drifting like a river From change to change; I have been many things -  A green drop in the surge, a gleam of light Upon a sword, a fir tree on a hill,  An old slave grinding at a heavy quern, A king sitting upon a chair of gold -  And all these things were wonderful and great; But now I have grown nothing, knowing all. Ah! Druid, Druid, how great webs of sorrow Lay hidden in that small slate-coloured thing!

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: "Fergus and the Druid"

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on songs and world

I made my song a coat Covered with embroideries Out of old mythologies From heel to throat But the fools caught it, Wore it in the world's eyes As though they'd wrought it. Song, let them take it, For there's more enterprise In walking naked.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Responsibilities. A Coat

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on love

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Players and painted stage took all my love, And not those things that they were emblems of.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Last Poems,1936–1939, The Circus Animal’s Desertion, II, st. 3

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on limits, poetry, and poets

If a poet interprets a poem of his own he limits its suggestibility.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Letters of W. B. Yeats

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