William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

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 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 and silence

Like a long-legged fly upon the stream His mind moves upon silence.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Last Poems, 1936–1939, long-Legged fly, refrain

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on good

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Mock mockers after that That would not lift a hand maybe To help good, wise or great To bar that foul storm out, for we Traffic in mockery.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Tower, 1928. Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on gold, nature, and past

Once out of nature I shall never take My bodily form from any natural thing, But such a form as Grecian goldsmiths make Of hammered gold and gold enameling To keep a drowsy Emperor awake; Or set upon a golden bough to sing To lords and ladies of Byzantium Of what is past, or passing, or to come.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Tower, 1928. Sailing to Byzantium

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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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