William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

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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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on flattery, guests, oppression, and world

Much did I rage when young, Being by the world oppressed, But now with flattering tongue It speeds the parting guest.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Tower, 1928. Youth and Age

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats

Red Rose, proud Rose, sad Rose of all my days! Come near me, while I sing the ancient ways.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Rose, 1893. To the Rose Upon the Rood of Time, st. I

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on friendship and songs

The friends that have it I do wrong When ever I remake a song Should know what issue is at stake, It is myself that I remake.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Collected Works in Verse and Prose of William Butler Yeats, 1908, II, preliminary poem

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on laughter and remorse

When such as I cast out remorse So great a sweetness flows into the breast We must laugh and we must sing, We are blest by everything, Everything we look upon is blest.

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 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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