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25 Famous Quotes by William Butler Yeats
6/13/1865 - 1/28/1939
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W.B. Yeats     W. B. Yeats     W. B. (William Butler) Yeats
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Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity

Anarchy Quotes, by William Butler Yeats

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I am still of opinion that only two topics can be of the least interest to a serious and studious mood--sex and the dead.

Study Quotes, by William Butler Yeats , Source: The Letters of W .B. Yeats

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Out of our quarrels with others we make rhetoric. Out of our quarrels with ourselves we make poetry.

Rhetoric Quotes, by William Butler Yeats

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The innocent and the beautiful Have no enemy but time

Innocence Quotes, by William Butler Yeats

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Art bids us touch and taste and hear and see the world, and shrinks from what Blake calls mathematic form, from every abstract form, from all that is of the brain only.

Art Quotes, by William Butler Yeats

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The problem with some people is that when they aren't drunk, they're sober.

Drinking Quotes, by William Butler Yeats

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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.

Perfection Quotes, by William Butler Yeats

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Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.

Anarchy Quotes, by William Butler Yeats

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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.

Fairies Quotes, by William Butler Yeats

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But I, being poor, have only my dreams. I have spread my dreams under your feet; tread softly, because you tread on my dreams.

Poverty Quotes, by William Butler Yeats

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Every conquering temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.

Temptation Quotes, by William Butler Yeats

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We . . . are no petty people. We are one of the great stocks of Burke; we are the people of Swift, the people of Emmet, the people of Parnell. We have created most of the modern literature of this country. We have created the best of its political intelligence.

Ireland Quotes, by William Butler Yeats , Source: in a speech in the Irish Senate, June 11, 1925

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In dreams begins responsibility.

Dreams Quotes, by William Butler Yeats

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Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

Education Quotes, by William Butler Yeats

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One should not lose one's temper unless one is certain of getting more and more angry to the end.

Anger Quotes, by William Butler Yeats

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Too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart.

Sacrifice Quotes, by William Butler Yeats

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Think where man's glory most begins and ends, And say my glory was I had such friends.

Friendship Quotes, by William Butler Yeats

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A DEEP-SWORN VOW Others because you did not keep That deep-sworn vow have been friends of mine; Yet always when I look death in the face, When I clamber to the heights of sleep, Or when I grow excited with wine, Suddenly I meet your face.

Absence Quotes, by William Butler Yeats

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Too long a sacrifice/ Can make a stone of the heart. -William Butler Yeats.

Heart-quotes Quotes, by William Butler Yeats

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People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.

Imagination Quotes, by William Butler Yeats

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Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.

Language Quotes, by William Butler Yeats

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Life is a long preparation for something that never happens.

Life Quotes, by William Butler Yeats

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Wine comes in at the mouth And love comes in at the eye; That's all we shall know for truth Before we grow old and die.

Love Quotes, by William Butler Yeats

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All empty sould tend toward extreme opinions.

Opinion Quotes, by William Butler Yeats

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Of our conflicts with others we make rhetoric; of our conflicts with ourselves we make poetry.

Poetry Quotes, by William Butler Yeats

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