William Butler Yeats

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William Butler Yeats

But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.More William Butler Yeats [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I hate journalists. There is nothing in them but tittering jeering emptiness. They have all made what Dante calls the Great Refusal. The shallowest people on the ridge of the earth.More William Butler Yeats [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.More William Butler Yeats [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Designs in connection with postage stamps and coinage may be described, I think, as the silent ambassadors on national taste.More William Butler Yeats [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I think you can leave the arts, superior or inferior, to the conscience of mankind.More William Butler Yeats [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I balanced all, brought all to mind, the years to come seemed waste of breath, a waste of breath the years behind, in balance with this life, this death.More William Butler Yeats [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, the blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned.More William Butler Yeats [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
And say my glory was I had such friends.More William Butler Yeats [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.More William Butler Yeats [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We are happy when for everything inside us there is a corresponding something outside us.More William Butler Yeats [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I have known more men destroyed by the desire to have wife and child and to keep them in comfort than I have seen destroyed by drink and harlots.More William Butler Yeats [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I have believed the best of every man. And find that to believe is enough to make a bad man show him at his best, or even a good man swings his lantern higher.More William Butler Yeats [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More William Butler Yeats [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.More William Butler Yeats [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Englishmen are babes in philosophy and so prefer faction-fighting to the labor of its unfamiliar thought.More William Butler Yeats [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is most important that we should keep in this country a certain leisured class. I am of the opinion of the ancient Jewish book which says there is no wisdom without leisure.More William Butler Yeats [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A pity beyond all telling is hid in the heart of love.More William Butler Yeats [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More William Butler Yeats [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Life is a long preparation for something that never happens.More William Butler Yeats [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The intellect of man is forced to choose perfection of the life, or of the work, and if it take the second must refuse a heavenly mansion, raging in the dark.More William Butler Yeats [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart. O. When may it suffice?More William Butler Yeats [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The years like great black oxen tread the world, and God the herdsman treads them on behind, and I am broken by their passing feet.More William Butler Yeats [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Education is not the filling of the pail, but, the lighting of the fire.More William Butler Yeats [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More William Butler Yeats [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In dreams begin responsibility.More William Butler Yeats [01/01/2000 12:01:00]

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