W.B.Yeats Quotes

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W.B.Yeats quotes: Man can embody the truth but he cannot know it. Man can embody the truth but he cannot know it.
W.B.Yeats quotes: What can be explained is not poetry. What can be explained is not poetry.
W.B.Yeats quotes: better doubtless to believe much unreason and a little truth than to deny for denial's sake truth and unreason alike, better doubtless to believe much unreason and a little truth than to deny for denial's sake truth and unreason alike,
W.B.Yeats quotes: There are no strangers, only friends you have not met yet. There are no strangers, only friends you have not met yet.
W.B.Yeats quotes: We had fed the heart on fantasies,The heart's grown brutal from the fare, More substance in our enmitiesThan in our love We had fed the heart on fantasies,
The heart's grown brutal from the fare,
More substance in our enmities
Than in our love
W.B.Yeats quotes: Never leave the door open at this hour, or evil may come to you. Never leave the door open at this hour, or evil may come to you.
W.B.Yeats quotes: All things change, save only the fear of change. All things change, save only the fear of change.
W.B.Yeats quotes: ....tradition gives the one thing many shapes. ....tradition gives the one thing many shapes.
W.B.Yeats quotes: Where there is nothing, there is God. Where there is nothing, there is God.
W.B.Yeats quotes: All empty souls tend toward extreme opinions. All empty souls tend toward extreme opinions.
W.B.Yeats quotes: I am still of [the] opinion that only two topics can be of the least interest to a serious and studious moodsex and the dead. I am still of [the] opinion that only two topics can be of the least interest to a serious and studious mood
sex and the dead.
W.B.Yeats quotes: It is so many years before one can believe enough in what one feels even to know what the feeling is It is so many years before one can believe enough in what one feels even to know what the feeling is
W.B.Yeats quotes: Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy. Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.
W.B.Yeats quotes: Why should the faithfullest heart most love The bitter sweetness of false faces? Why should the faithfullest heart most love The bitter sweetness of false faces?
W.B.Yeats quotes: I carry the Sun in a Golden Cup, the Moon in a Silver Bag. I carry the Sun in a Golden Cup, the Moon in a Silver Bag.
W.B.Yeats quotes: How but in custom and in ceremony are innocence and beauty born? How but in custom and in ceremony are innocence and beauty born?
W.B.Yeats quotes: What hurts the soul My soul adores What hurts the soul
My soul adores
W.B.Yeats quotes: Pretending that there can be passion That has more life in it than death, Pretending that there can be passion That has more life in it than death,
W.B.Yeats quotes: Every man is himself a class; every hour carries its new challenge. Every man is himself a class; every hour carries its new challenge.
W.B.Yeats quotes: Hearts are not to be had as a gift, hearts are to be earned. Hearts are not to be had as a gift, hearts are to be earned.
W.B.Yeats quotes: Things fall apart;the center cannot hold... Things fall apart;
the center cannot hold...
W.B.Yeats quotes: I hear water lapping with low sound by the shore ... I hear it in the deep heart's core. I hear water lapping with low sound by the shore ... I hear it in the deep heart's core.
W.B.Yeats quotes: We have fallen in the dreams the ever-livingBreathe on the tarnished mirror of the world,And then smooth out with ivory hands and sigh. We have fallen in the dreams the ever-living
Breathe on the tarnished mirror of the world,
And then smooth out with ivory hands and sigh.
W.B.Yeats quotes: Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing. Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing.
W.B.Yeats quotes: Be not inhospitable to strangers, lest they be angels in disguise. Be not inhospitable to strangers, lest they be angels in disguise.
W.B.Yeats quotes: The land of fairy, where nobody gets old and godly and grave, where nobody gets old and crafty and wise, where nobody gets old and bitter of tongue The land of fairy, where nobody gets old and godly and grave, where nobody gets old and crafty and wise, where nobody gets old and bitter of tongue
W.B.Yeats quotes: Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking. Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.
W.B.Yeats quotes: if one writes one can do nothing else. if one writes one can do nothing else.
W.B.Yeats quotes: Romantic Ireland's dead and goneIt's with O' Leary in the grave(September 1913) Romantic Ireland's dead and gone
It's with O' Leary in the grave
(September 1913)
W.B.Yeats quotes: The Irishman sustains himself during brief periods of joy by the knowledge that tragedy is just around the corner. The Irishman sustains himself during brief periods of joy by the knowledge that tragedy is just around the corner.
W.B.Yeats quotes: A man awaits his endDreading and hoping all;Many times he died,Many times rose again A man awaits his end
Dreading and hoping all;
Many times he died,
Many times rose again
W.B.Yeats quotes: Hearts are not had as a gift but hearts are earnedBy those who are not entirely beautiful. Hearts are not had as a gift but hearts are earned
By those who are not entirely beautiful.
W.B.Yeats quotes: Every one is a visionary, if you scratch him deep enough. But the Celt is a visionary without scratching. Every one is a visionary, if you scratch him deep enough. But the Celt is a visionary without scratching.
W.B.Yeats quotes: Go gather by the humming seaSome twisted, echo-harbouring shell,And to its lips thy story tell. Go gather by the humming sea
Some twisted, echo-harbouring shell,
And to its lips thy story tell.
W.B.Yeats quotes: Myself I must remake. Myself I must remake.
W.B.Yeats quotes: Everything exists, everything is true and the earth is just a bit of dust beneath our feet. Everything exists, everything is true and the earth is just a bit of dust beneath our feet.
W.B.Yeats quotes: Rhetoric is will doing the work of imagination Rhetoric is will doing the work of imagination
W.B.Yeats quotes: Labour is blossoming or dancing whereThe body is not bruised to pleasure soul. Labour is blossoming or dancing where
The body is not bruised to pleasure soul.
W.B.Yeats quotes: A king is but a foolish labourerWho wastes his blood to be another's dream.-from Fergus and the Druid A king is but a foolish labourer
Who wastes his blood to be another's dream.
-from Fergus and the Druid
W.B.Yeats quotes: In dreams begin responsibilities. In dreams begin responsibilities.
W.B.Yeats quotes: We only believe in those thoughts which have been conceived not in the brain but in the whole body. We only believe in those thoughts which have been conceived not in the brain but in the whole body.
W.B.Yeats quotes: Life is a long preparation for something that never happens. Life is a long preparation for something that never happens.
W.B.Yeats quotes: But he heard high up in the airA piper piping away,And never was piping so sad,And never was piping so gay. But he heard high up in the air
A piper piping away,
And never was piping so sad,
And never was piping so gay.
W.B.Yeats quotes: Now days are dragon-ridden. Now days are dragon-ridden.
W.B.Yeats quotes: The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity. The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.
W.B.Yeats quotes: What's the use of held note or a held lineThat cannot be assailed for reassurance? What's the use of held note or a held line
That cannot be assailed for reassurance?
W.B.Yeats quotes: Now that my ladder's gone,I must lie down where all my ladders start,In the foul rag-and-bone shop of the heart. Now that my ladder's gone,
I must lie down where all my ladders start,
In the foul rag-and-bone shop of the heart.
W.B.Yeats quotes: Heart-mysteries there, and yet when all is saidIt was the dream itself enchanted me("The Circus Animal's Desertion") Heart-mysteries there, and yet when all is said
It was the dream itself enchanted me
("The Circus Animal's Desertion")
W.B.Yeats quotes: I know that I shall meet my fate somewhere among the clouds above; those that I fight I do not hate, those that I guard I do not love. I know that I shall meet my fate somewhere among the clouds above; those that I fight I do not hate, those that I guard I do not love.
W.B.Yeats quotes: The woods of Arcady are dead,And over it their antique joy;Of old the world on dreaming fed;Gray Truth is now her painted toy. The woods of Arcady are dead,
And over it their antique joy;
Of old the world on dreaming fed;
Gray Truth is now her painted toy.
W.B.Yeats quotes: For nothing can be sole or whole. That has not been rent. For nothing can be sole or whole. That has not been rent.
W.B.Yeats quotes: Accursed who brings to light of day the writings I have cast away. Accursed who brings to light of day the writings I have cast away.
W.B.Yeats quotes: The worst thing about some men is that when they are not drunk they are sober. The worst thing about some men is that when they are not drunk they are sober.
W.B.Yeats quotes: I will make rigid my roots and branches. It is not now my turn to burst into leaves and flowers. I will make rigid my roots and branches. It is not now my turn to burst into leaves and flowers.
W.B.Yeats quotes: Surely some revelation is at hand. Surely some revelation is at hand.
W.B.Yeats quotes: It takes more courage to examine the dark corners of your own soul than it does for a soldier to fight on a battlefield It takes more courage to examine the dark corners of your own soul than it does for a soldier to fight on a battlefield
W.B.Yeats quotes: We taste and feel and see the truth. We do not reason ourselves into it. We taste and feel and see the truth. We do not reason ourselves into it.
W.B.Yeats quotes: Jonathan Swift made a soul for the gentlemen of this city by hating his neighbor as himself. Jonathan Swift made a soul for the gentlemen of this city by hating his neighbor as himself.
W.B.Yeats quotes: So like a bit of stone I lieUnder a broken tree.I could recover if I shriekedMy heart's agonyTo passing bird, but I am dumb. So like a bit of stone I lie
Under a broken tree.
I could recover if I shrieked
My heart's agony
To passing bird, but I am dumb.
W.B.Yeats quotes: I have just read a long novel by Henry James. Much of it made me think of the priest condemned for a long space to confess nuns. I have just read a long novel by Henry James. Much of it made me think of the priest condemned for a long space to confess nuns.
W.B.Yeats quotes: Cast a cold eyeon life, on deathHorseman pass by Cast a cold eye
on life, on death
Horseman pass by
W.B.Yeats quotes: No woman loves me, no man seeks my help, Because I be not of the things I dream. No woman loves me, no man seeks my help, Because I be not of the things I dream.
W.B.Yeats quotes: Weaving olden dances; mingling hands and mingling glances. Weaving olden dances; mingling hands and mingling glances.
W.B.Yeats quotes: We can only begin to live when we conceive life asTragedy. We can only begin to live when we conceive life as
Tragedy.
W.B.Yeats quotes: An intellectual hatred is the worst. An intellectual hatred is the worst.
W.B.Yeats quotes: Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry. Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry.
W.B.Yeats quotes: She looked in my heart one day And saw your image was there; She has gone weeping away. She looked in my heart one day And saw your image was there; She has gone weeping away.
W.B.Yeats quotes: My wretched dragon is perplexed. My wretched dragon is perplexed.
W.B.Yeats quotes: Oh, who could have foretold That the heart grows old? Oh, who could have foretold That the heart grows old?
W.B.Yeats quotes: Consume my heart away; sick with desireAnd fastened to a dying animalIt knows not what it is; and gather meInto the artifice of eternity. Consume my heart away; sick with desire
And fastened to a dying animal
It knows not what it is; and gather me
Into the artifice of eternity.
W.B.Yeats quotes: Before us lies eternity our soulsare love and a continual farewell Before us lies eternity our souls
are love and a continual farewell
W.B.Yeats quotes: I shall arise and go to Innisfree I shall arise and go to Innisfree