William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

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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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on beauty, grace, love, and soul

How many loved your moments of glad grace And loved your beauty with love false or true But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you And loved the sorrows of your changing face.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Rose, 1893. When You Are Old, st. 2

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on age, dance, lust, and songs

You think it horrible that lust and rage Should dance attention upon my old age; They were not such a plague when I was young; What else have I to spur me into song?

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Last Poems, 1936–1939, The Spur

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats

Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on truth

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Man can embody truth but he cannot know it.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Letter (4 January 1939)

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