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William Blake (Writer)

The archetype of the Creator is a familiar image in his work. Here, Blake depicts hisfigurestooped in prayer, contemplating the world he has forged. Theis the third in a series ofpainted by Blake and his wife, collectively known as the Continental Prophecies.
William Blake pain
Reason, or the ratio of all we have already known, is not the same that it shall be when we know more.
William Blake read
The true method of knowledge is experiment.
William Blake knowledge
There can be no Good Will. Will is always Evil; it is persecution to others or selfishness.
William Blake self
If a thing loves, it is infinite.
William Blake love
Does the Eagle know what is in the pit? Or wilt thou go ask the Mole?Can Wisdom be put in a silver rod? Or Love in a golden bowl?
William Blake love
Nothing can be more contemptible than to suppose Public RECORDS to be True.
William Blake true
That the Jews assumed a right Exclusively to the benefits of God. will be a lasting witness against them. & the same will it be against Christians
William Blake will
Degrade first the arts if you'd mankind degrade, Hire idiots to paint with cold light and hot shade.
William Blake art
To Generalize is to be an Idiot. To Particularize is the Alone Distinction of Merit — General Knowledges are those Knowledges that Idiots possess.
William Blake art
The Foundation of Empire is Art & Science Remove them or Degrade them & the Empire is No More — Empire follows Art & Not Vice Versa as Englishmen suppose.
William Blake men
When a Man has Married a Wife He finds out whether Her Knees & elbows are only glued together.
William Blake man
When nations grow old, the Arts grow cold, And Commerce settles on every tree.
William Blake art
Fiery the Angels rose, and as they rose deep thunder roll'd Around their shores: indignant burning with the fires of Orc.
William Blake fire
Art can never exist without Naked Beauty displayed.
William Blake wit
Art is the tree of life. S
William Blake life
"Jesus & his apostles & disciples were all artists"
William Blake art
Commerce is so far from being beneficial to Arts or to Empire, that it is destructive of both, as all their History shows, for the above Reason of Individual Merit being its Great Hatred. Empires flourish till they become Commercial & then they are scattered abroad to the four winds
William Blake story
When I tell any Truth it is not for the sake of Convincing those who do not know it but for the sake of defending those who Do
William Blake end
Every Harlot was a Virgin once
William Blake
It is not because Angels are Holier than Men or Devils that makes them Angels but because they do not Expect Holiness from one another but from God only
William Blake evil
Thinking as I do that the Creator of this World is a very Cruel Being & being a Worshipper of Christ, I cannot help saying: "the Son, O how unlike the Father!" First God Almighty comes with a Thump on the Head. Then Jesus Christ comes with a balm to heal it.
William Blake help
This world of imagination is the world of eternity.
William Blake world
You cannot have Liberty in this world without what you call Moral Virtue & you cannot have Moral Virtue without the Slavery of that half of the Human Race who hate what you call Moral Virtue
William Blake world
…some say that Happiness is not Good for Mortals & they ought to be answerd that Sorrow is not fit for Immortals & is utterly useless to any one a blight never does good to a tree & if a blight kill not a tree but it still bear fruit let none say that the fruit was in consequence of the blight.
William Blake light
The Goddess Fortune is the devils servant ready to Kiss any ones Arse.
William Blake evil
Blake's "Newton" is a demonstration of his opposition to the "single-vision" of : The great philosopher-scientist is isolated in the depths of the ocean, his eyes (only one of which is visible) fixed on the compasses with which he draws on a scroll. He seems almost at one with the rocks upon which he sits (1795).
William Blake sin
How sweet I roamed from field to field, And tasted all the summer's pride, Till I the prince of love beheld, Who in the sunny beams did glide!
William Blake love
He loves to sit and hear me sing, Then, laughing, sports and plays with me; Then stretches out my golden wing, And mocks my loss of liberty.
William Blake love
My silks and fine array, My smiles and languished air, By love are driv'n away; And mournful lean Despair Brings me yew to deck my grave: Such end true lovers have.
William Blake love
Like a fiend in a cloud, With howling woe, After night I do crowd, And with night will go; I turn my back to the east, From whence comforts have increased; For light doth seize my brain With frantic pain.
William Blake pain
How have you left the ancient love That bards of old enjoyed in you! The languid strings do scarcely move! The sound is forced, the notes are few!
William Blake love
Damn sneerers!
William Blake
True superstition is ignorant honesty & this is beloved of god and man.
William Blake love
Forgiveness of enemies can only come upon their repentance.
William Blake enemies
Active Evil is better than Passive Good.
William Blake evil
They suppose that Woman's Love is Sin; in consequence all the Loves & Graces with them are Sin.
William Blake man
On a cloud I saw a child, And he laughing said to me: "Pipe a song about a Lamb." So I piped with merry cheer…
William Blake child
Piping down the valleys wild, Piping songs of pleasant glee, On a cloud I saw a child, And he laughing said to me: "Pipe a song about a Lamb." So I piped with merry cheer; "Piper, pipe that song again." So I piped; he wept to hear.
William Blake wild
And I made a rural pen, And I stained the water clear, And I wrote my happy songs Every child may joy to hear.
William Blake joy
Sing louder around To the bells' cheerful sound, While our sports shall be seen On the ecchoing green.
William Blake sports
Little Lamb, who made thee? Dost thou know who made thee? Gave thee life and bid thee feed By the stream and o'er the mead; Gave thee clothing of delight, Softest clothing, woolly bright.
William Blake life
My mother bore me in the southern wild, And I am black, but O! my soul is white; White as an angel is the English child, But I am black as if bereaved of light.
William Blake soul
And we are put on earth a little space, That we may learn to bear the beams of love, And these black bodies and this sunburnt face Is but a cloud, and like a shady grove.
William Blake love
I'll shade him from the heat till he can bear To lean in joy upon our Father's knee; And then I'll stand and stroke his silver hair, And be like him and he will then love me.
William Blake love
When my mother died I was very young, And my father sold me while yet my tongue Could scarcely cry 'weep! 'weep! 'weep!'weep! So your chimneys I sweep, and in soot I sleep.
William Blake sleep
To Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love All pray in their distress; And to these virtues of delight Return their thankfulness.
William Blake light
For Mercy has a human heart, Pity, a human face, And Love, the human form divine, And Peace, the human dress.
William Blake art
The moon like a flower In heaven's high bower, With silent delight, Sits and smiles on the night.
William Blake light
And there the lion's ruddy eyes Shall flow with tears of gold, And pitying the tender cries, And walking round the fold, Saying: "Wrath by his meekness, And by his health, sickness, Is driven away From our immortal day."
William Blake health
"For washed in life's river, My bright mane forever Shall shine like the gold As Iguard o'er the fold."
William Blake life
When the voices of children are heard on the green And laughing is heard on the hill, My heart is at rest within my breast And everything else is still.
William Blake art
Can I see another's woe, And not be in sorrow too? Can I see another's grief, And not seek for kind relief?
William Blake grief
Rintrah roars and shakes his fires in the burden'd air; Hungry clouds swag on the deep.
William Blake fire
Without contraries there is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate are necessary to human existence.
William Blake love
The reason Milton wrote in fetters when he wrote of Angels and God, and at liberty when of Devils and Hell, is because he was a true poet and of the Devils' party without knowing it.
William Blake art
Those who restrain desire do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained; and the restrainer or reason usurps its place & governs the unwilling.
William Blake desire
If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is: infinite.
William Blake man
The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.
William Blake mind
Opposition is true Friendship.
William Blake true
The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.
William Blake wisdom
He who desires but acts not breeds pestilence.
William Blake desire
A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees. He whose face gives no light shall never become a star.
William Blake light
Eternity is in love with the productions of time.
William Blake love
The busy bee has no time for sorrow.
William Blake time
The hours of folly are measur'd by the clock, but of wisdom no clock can measure.
William Blake wisdom
No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.
William Blake win
If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise.
William Blake wise
Prisons are built with stones of law; brothels with bricks of religion.
William Blake religion
The pride of the peacock is the glory of God. The lust of the goat is the bounty of God. The wrath of the lion is the wisdom of God. The nakedness of woman is the work of God.
William Blake wisdom
The cistern contains: the fountain overflows.
William Blake
One thought fills immensity.
William Blake men
Always be ready to speak your mind, and a base man will avoid you.
William Blake mind
The eagle never lost so much time as when he submitted to learn of the crow.
William Blake time
Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.
William Blake night
The tygers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.
William Blake wise
You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough.
William Blake you
The weak in courage is strong in cunning.
William Blake courage
When thou seest an Eagle, thou seest a portion of Genius; lift up thy head!
William Blake genius
Exuberance is Beauty.
William Blake beauty
Improvement makes straight roads; but the crooked roads without improvement are roads of genius.
William Blake men
Truth can never be told so as to be understood, and not be believed.
William Blake believe
Enough! or too much.
William Blake
The ancient poets animated all objects with Gods or Geniuses, calling them by the names and adorning them with the properties of woods, rivers, mountains, lakes, cities, nations, and whatever their enlarged & numerous senses could perceive. And particularly they studied the genius of each city & country, placing it under its mental deity; Till a system was formed, which some took advantage of, & enslav'd the vulgar by attempting to realize or abstract the mental deities from their objects: thus began priesthood; Choosing forms of worship from poetic tales. And at length they pronounc'd that the Gods had order'd such things. Thus men forgot that all deities reside in the human breast.
William Blake art
Never seek to tell thy love Love that never told can be; For the gentle wind does move Silently, invisibly. I told my love, I told my love, I told her all my heart; Trembling, cold, in ghastly fears— Ah, she doth depart. Soon as she was gone from me A traveler came by Silently, invisibly— Oh, was no deny.
William Blake love
I asked a thief to steal me a peach: He turned up his eyes. I asked a lithe lady to lie her down: Holy and meek, she cries. As soon as I went An angel came. He winked at the thief And smiled at the dame— And without one word said Had a peach from the tree, And still as a maid Enjoyed the lady.
William Blake joy
Sleep, sleep, beauty bright, Dreaming o'er the joys of night. Sleep, sleep: in thy sleep Little sorrows sit and weep.
William Blake beauty
Why art thou silent and invisible, Father of Jealousy?
William Blake art
Love to faults is always blind, Always is to joys inclined, Lawless, winged, and unconfined, And breaks all chains from every mind.
William Blake joy
The sword sung on the barren heath, The sickle in the fruitful field; The sword he sung a song of death, But could not make the sickle yield.
William Blake death
Abstinence sows sand all over The ruddy limbs and flaming hair, But desire gratified Plants fruits of life and beauty there.
William Blake life
If you trap the moment before it's ripe, The tears of repentance you'll certainly wipe; But if once you let the ripe moment go You can never wipe off the tears of woe.
William Blake men
Then old Nobodaddy aloft Farted and belched and coughed, And said, "I love hanging and drawing and quartering Every bit as well as war and slaughtering."
William Blake love
He who binds to himself a joy Does the wing
William Blake joy
The look of love alarms Because 'tis filled with fire; But the look of soft deceit Shall win the lover's hire.
William Blake love
What is it men in women do require? The lineaments of gratified desire. What is it women do in men require? The lineaments of gratified desire.
William Blake women
You'll quite remove the ancient curse.
William Blake you
Love seeketh not itself to please, Nor for itself hath any care, But for another gives its ease, And builds a heaven in hell’s despair.
William Blake self
Hear the voice of the Bard, Who present, past, and future, sees; Whose ears have heard The Holy Word That walked among the ancient trees.
William Blake future
Turn away no more; Why wilt thou turn away? The starry floor, The watery shore,> Is given thee till the break of day.
William Blake water

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