William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

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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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 conscience, day, thought, and vanity

Things said or done long years ago Or things I did not do or say But thought that I might say or do, Weigh me down, and not a day But something is recalled, My conscience or my vanity appalled.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Winding Stair and Other Poems, 1933;. Vacillation, III

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on beginning, friendship, and glory

Think where man's glory most begins and ends, And say my glory was I had such friends.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Last Poems, 1936–1939, The Municipal Gallery Revisited

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on heart and lies

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Now that my ladder's gone, I must lie down where all the ladders start, In the foul rag-and-bone shop of the heart.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Last Poems,1936–1939, The Circus Animal’s Desertion, III

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on body and soul

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If soul my look and body touch, Which is the more blest?

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Last Poems, 1936–1939, The Lady’s Second Song, st. 3.

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