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For he would be thinking of love
Till the stars had run away
And the shadows eaten the moon.


W.B. Yeats

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WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
Englishmen are babes in philosophy and so prefer faction-fighting to the labor of its unfamiliar tho...
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
Personality is born out of pain. It is the fire shut up in the flint.
J. B. YEATS
Life is a journey up a spiral staircase; as we grow older we cover the ground covered we have covere...
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
You shall go with me, newly-married bride,
And gaze upon a merrier multitude.
White-armed Nual...
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
Mysticism has been in the past and probably ever will be one of the great powers of the world and it...
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
Too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart. O. When may it suffice?
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
The problem with some people is that when they aren't drunk, they're sober.
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
All empty sould tend toward extreme opinions.
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
The years like great black oxen tread the world, and God the herdsman treads them on behind, and I a...
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
I wonder anybody does anything at Oxford but dream and remember, the place is so beautiful. One almo...
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
Choose your companions from the best; Who draws a bucket with the rest soon topples down the hill.
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
Who stole your wits away
And where are they gone?
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
Come away, O human child: To the waters and the wild with a fairy, hand in hand, For the world's mor...
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
You know what the Englishman's idea of compromise is? He says, Some people say there is a God. Some ...
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
Wine comes in at the mouth And love comes in at the eye; That's all we shall know for truth Before w...
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
Life is a long preparation for something that never happens
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
Out of Ireland have we come.Great hatred, little room,Maimed us at the start.
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
When such as I cast out remorseSo great a sweetness flows into the breastWe must laugh and we must s...
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
Be secret and exult, Because of all things known That is most difficult
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
Even when the poet seems most himself . . . he is never the bundle of accident and incoherence that ...
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
Out of our quarrels with others we make rhetoric. Out of our quarrels with ourselves we make poetry.
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
She bid me take love easy, as the leaves grow on the tree;But I, being young and foolish, with her w...
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
Once you attempt legislation upon religious grounds, you open the way for every kind of intolerance ...
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths, Enwrought with golden and silver light, The blue and the dim ...
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
My fiftieth year had come and gone,I sat, a solitary man,In a crowded London shop,And open book and ...
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
A DEEP-SWORN VOW Others because you did not keep That deep-sworn vow have been friends of mine. Yet...
W B YEATS
Our stitching and unstitching has been naught.
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
Until the axle break That keeps the stars in their round, And hands hurl in the deep The banners of ...
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
I think it better that at times like theseWe poets keep our mouths shut, for in truthWe have no gift...
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
You have to die because no soul has passedThe heavenly threshold since you have opened school,But gr...
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
An intellectual hatred is the worst,So let her think opinions are accursed.
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
I have spread my dreams under your feet; tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
Where beauty has no ebb, decay no flood, But joy is wisdom, time an endless song.
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
I think it better that in times like these a poet's mouth be silent, for in truth we have no gif...
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
I am still of opinion that only two topics can be of the least interest to a serious and studious mo...
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
Every conquering temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered...
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
The worst thing about some men is that when they are not drunk they are sober.
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
One should not lose one's temper unless one is certain of getting more and more angry to the end...
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
Joy is of the will which labours, which overcomes obstacles, which knows triumph.
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
All empty souls tend toward extreme opinions.
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
In dreams begin responsibility.
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the...
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
A pity beyond all telling is hid in the heart of love.
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
The innocent and the beautiful Have no enemy but time
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
We . . . are no petty people. We are one of the great stocks of Burke; we are the people of Swift,...
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
How can we know the dancer from the dance?
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
Why should we honour those that die upon the field of battle? A man may show as reckless a courage i...
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
Always when I see a man fond of praise I always think it is because he is an affectionate man cravin...
J. B. YEATS
You that would judge me, do not judge alone this book or that, come to this hallowed place where my ...
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
Come away, O human child: To the waters and the wild with a fairy, hand in hand, For the world's mor...
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
One often hears of a horse that shivers with terror, or of a dog that howls at something a man's eye...
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
Words are always getting conventionalized to some secondary meaning. It is one of the works of poetr...
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
To be born woman is to know -- although they do not speak of it at school -- women must labor to be ...
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
I balanced all, brought all to mind, the years to come seemed waste of breath, a waste of breath the...
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
An aged man is but a paltry thing, a tattered coat upon a stick
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
I think it better that in times like these a poet's mouth be silent, for in truth we have no gift to...
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
We are happy when for everything inside us there is a corresponding something outside us.
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
Man can embody truth but he cannot know it.
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
Considering that, all hatred driven hence,The soul recovers radical innocenceAnd learns at last that...
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
When two close kindred meetWhat better than call a dance?
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
Now that my ladder's goneI must lie down where all ladders startIn the foul rag and bone shop of the...
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
You that would judge me, do not judge alone this book or that, come to this hallowed place where my ...
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
I think a man and a woman should choose each other for life, for the simple reason that a long life ...
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
Come swish around, my pretty punk,And keep me dancing stillThat I may stay a sober manAlthough I dri...
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS