William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

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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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 brevity, certainty, dreams, heart, kindness, kiss, love, passion, thinking, women, and worth

Never give all the heart, for love Will hardly seem worth thinking of To passionate women if it seem Certain, and they never dream That it fades out from kiss to kiss For everything that's lovely is But a brief, dreamy kind delight.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: the Seven Woods, 1904. Never Give All the Heart

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on day, life, and writers

Never to have lived is best, ancient writers say. Never to have drawn the breath of life, never to have looked into the eye of day; The second best's a gay goodnight and quickly turn away.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: "Oedipus at Colonus,

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on fighting, philosophy, planning, and world

The night can sweat with terror as before We pieced our thoughts into philosophy, And planned to bring the world under a rule, Who are but weasels fighting in a hole.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Tower, 1928. Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats

Why, what could she have done, being what she is? Was there another Troy for her to burn?

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Green Helmet and Other Poems, 1910. No Second Troy

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on fatherhood

Pardon, old fathers.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Responsibilities, 1914, preliminary poem

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on mind

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An old man's eagle mind.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

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

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