William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

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 truth

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Grant me an old man's frenzy, Myself must I remake Till I am Timon and Lear Or that William Blake Who beat upon the wall Till Truth obeyed his call.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Last Poems, 1936–1939, An Acre of Grass

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on agreement, foolishness, garden, and love

Down by the salley gardens my love and I did meet; She passed the salley gardens with little snow-white feet. She bid me take love easy, as the leaves grow on the tree But I, being young and foolish, with her would not agree.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Crossways, 1889. Down by the Salley Gardens

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on mystery

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The uncontrollable mystery on the bestial floor.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Responsibilities. The Magi, last line

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on argument, catholicism, church, past, and world

Mysticism has been in the past and probably ever will be one of the great powers of the world, and it is bad scholarship to pretend the contrary. You may argue against it but you should no more treat it with disrespect than a perfectly cultivated writer would treat (say) the Catholic Church or the Church of Luther no matter how much he disliked them.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Letter to author Laurence Housman (10 October 1893)

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on children, understanding, and world

Come away, O human child!  To the waters and the wild With a faery, hand in hand,  For the world's more full of weeping Than you can understand.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: "The Stolen Child"

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on day, heart, and water

I will arise and go now, for always night and day I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;  While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,  I hear it in the deep heart's core.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Lake Isle of Innisfree

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