William Butler Yeats (Writer)

#34492 William Butler Yeats

The friends that have it I do wrong Whenever I remake a song Should know what issue is at stake, It is myself that I remake. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about friends
#34493 William Butler Yeats

Hammer your thoughts into unity. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about thoughts
#34494 William Butler Yeats

Man can embody truth but he cannot know it. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about truth
#34495 William Butler Yeats

The only business of the head in the world is to bow a ceaseless obeisance to the heart. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about art
#34496 William Butler Yeats

This melancholy London. I sometimes imagine that the souls of the lost are compelled to walk through its streets perpetually. One feels them passing like a whiff of air. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about time
#34497 William Butler Yeats

I wonder anybody does anything at Oxford but dream and remember, the place is so beautiful. One almost expects the people to sing instead of speaking. It is all — the colleges I mean — like an opera. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about people
#34498 William Butler Yeats

I hate journalists. There is nothing in them but tittering jeering emptiness. They have all made whatcalls the Great Refusal, — that is they have ceased to be self-centered, have given up their individuality.... The shallowest people on the ridge of the earth. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about art
#34499 William Butler Yeats

Words are always getting conventionalized to some secondary meaning. It is one of the works of poetry to take the truants in custody and bring them back to their right senses. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about poetry
#34500 William Butler Yeats

The years like great black oxen tread the world, And God the herdsman goads them on behind, And I am broken by their passing feet. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about world
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We can make our minds so like still water that beings gather about us that they may see, it may be, their own images, and so live for a moment with a clearer, perhaps even with a fiercer life because of our quiet. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about life
#34502 William Butler Yeats

The creations of a great writer are little more than the moods and passions of his own heart, given surnames and Christian names, and sent to walk the earth. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about art
#34504 William Butler Yeats

In dreams begin responsibilities. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about dreams
#34505 William Butler Yeats

We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about poetry
#34506 William Butler Yeats

One day when I was twenty-three or twenty-four this sentence seemed to form in my head, without my willing it, much as sentences form when we are half-asleep: "Hammer your thoughts into unity." For days I could think of nothing else, and for years I tested all I did by that sentence. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about thoughts
#34507 William Butler Yeats

I agree about— he is haunted by the mystery he flouts. He is an atheist who trembles in the haunted corridor. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about mystery
#34508 William Butler Yeats

This country will not always be an uncomfortable place for a country gentleman to live in, and it is most important that we should keep in this country a certain leisured class. I am afraid that Labour disagrees with me in that. On this matter I am a crusted Tory. I am of the opinion of the ancient Jewish book which says "there is no wisdom without leisure." .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about wisdom
#34509 William Butler Yeats

I think you can leave the arts, superior or inferior, to the conscience of mankind. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about science
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The official designs of the Government, especially its designs in connection with postage stamps and coinage, may be described, I think, as the silent ambassadors of national taste. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about men
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Englishmen are babes in philosophy and so prefer faction-fighting to the labour of its unfamiliar thought. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about philosophy
#34513 William Butler Yeats

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 Quotes about world
#34514 William Butler Yeats

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. In a field by the river my love and I did stand, And on my leaning shoulder she laid her snow-white hand.She bid me take life easy, as the grass grows on the weirs; But I was young and foolish, and now am full of tears. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about love
#34515 William Butler Yeats

Where dips the rocky highland Of Sleuth Wood in the lake, There lies a leafy island Where flapping herons wake The drowsy water rats; There we've hid our faery vats, Full of berries And of reddest stolen cherries. 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 Quotes about world
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Of old the world on dreaming fed; Grey Truth is now her painted toy; Yet still she turns her restless head. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about pain
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The woods of Arcady are dead, And over is their antique joy; Of old the world on dreaming fed; Grey Truth is now her painted toy; Yet still she turns her restless head. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about pain
#34518 William Butler Yeats

Words alone are certain good. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about good
#34519 William Butler Yeats

Dream, dream, for this is also sooth. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about dream
#34520 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 Quotes about sad
#34521 William Butler Yeats

Come near, that no more blinded hy man’s fate, I find under the boughs of love and hate, In all poor foolish things that live a day, Eternal beauty wandering on her way. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about love
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Sing of old Eire and the ancient ways: Red Rose, proud Rose, sad Rose of all my days. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about sad
#34523 William Butler Yeats

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 Quotes about love
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Red Rose, proud Rose, sad Rose of all my days! Come near me, while I sing the ancient ways: Cuchulain battling with the bitter tide; The Druid, grey, wood-nurtured, quiet-eyed, Who cast round Fergus dreams, and ruin untold; .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about dreams
#34525 William Butler Yeats

Come near, that no more blinded by man’s fate, I find under the boughs of love and hate, In all poor foolish things that live a day, Eternal beauty wandering on her way. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about love
#34526 William Butler Yeats

Come near, come near, come near — Ah, leave me still A little space for the rose-breath to fill! Lest I no more bear common things that crave; The weak worm hiding down in its small cave, The field-mouse running by me in the grass, And heavy mortal hopes that toil and pass; But seek alone to hear the strange things said By God to the bright hearts of those long dead, And learn to chaunt a tongue men do not know.Come near; I would, before my time to go, Sing of old Eire and the ancient ways: Red Rose, proud Rose, sad Rose of all my days. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about hope
#34527 William Butler Yeats

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree, And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made: Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honeybee, And live alone in the bee-loud glade. And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings; .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about peace
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I will arise and go now, for always night and day I hear the lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore; While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements gray,I hear it in the deep heart's core. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about art
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A pity beyond all telling Is hid in the heart of love: The folk who are buying and selling, The clouds on their journey above, The cold wet winds ever blowing, And the shadowy hazel grove Where mouse-grey waters are flowing, Threaten the head that I love. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about love
#34530 William Butler Yeats

The brawling of a sparrow in the eaves, The brilliant moon and all the milky sky, And all that famous harmony of leaves, Had blotted out man’s image and his cry. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about man
#34531 William Butler Yeats

When you are old and gray and full of sleep, And nodding by the fire, take down this book, And slowly read, and dream of the soft look Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep; 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. And bending down beside the glowing bars, Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled And paced upon the mountains overhead And hid his face amid a crowd of stars. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about love
#34532 William Butler Yeats

Who dreamed that beauty passes like a dream? For these red lips, with all their mournful pride, Mournful that no new wonder may betide, Troy passed away in one high funeral gleam, And Usna's children died. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about beauty
#34533 William Butler Yeats

We and the labouring world are passing by: Amid men's souls, that waver and give place Like the pale waters in their wintry race, Under the passing stars, foam of the sky, Lives on this lonely face. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about soul
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Bow down, archangels, in your dim abode: Before you were, or any hearts to beat, Weary and kind one lingered by His seat;He made the world to be a grassy road Before her wandering feet. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about art
#34535 William Butler Yeats

Land of Heart's Desire, Where beauty has no ebb, decay no flood, But joy is wisdom, time an endless song. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about wisdom
#34536 William Butler Yeats

The Land of Faery, Where nobody gets old and godly and grave, Where nobody gets old and crafty and wise, Where nobody gets old and bitter of tongue. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about god
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Life moves out of a red flare of dreams Into a common light of common hours, Until old age bring the red flare again. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about dreams
#34538 William Butler Yeats

I would mould a world of fire and dew With no one bitter, grave, or over wise, And nothing marred or old to do you wrong. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about world
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I will find out where she has gone, And kiss her lips and take her hands; And walk among long dappled grass, And pluck till time and times are done The silver apples of the moon, The golden apples of the sun. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about time
#34541 William Butler Yeats

I have spread my dreams beneath your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about dreams
#34542 William Butler Yeats

All things uncomely and broken, all things worn out and old, The cry of a child by the roadway, the creak of a lumbering cart, The heavy steps of the ploughman, splashing the wintry mould, Are wronging your image that blossoms a rose in the deeps of my heart. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about art
#34543 William Butler Yeats

And God stands winding His lonely horn, And time and the world are ever in flight; And love is less kind than the grey twilight, And hope is less dear than the dew of the morn. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about love
#34545 William Butler Yeats

Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths, Enwrought with the golden and silver light, The blue and the dim and the dark cloths Of night and light and half-light, I would spread the cloths under your feet:But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams beneath your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams. .

William Butler Yeats Quotes about dreams

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