William Butler Yeats – Quotes

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William Butler Yeats Irish Poet

William Butler Yeats

  1. There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.
  2. Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.
  3. Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.
  4. But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
  5. Life is a long preparation for something that never happens.
  6. 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.
  7. Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!
  8. 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.
  9. Think where man’s glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends.
  10. The innocent and the beautiful have no enemy but time.
  11. People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.
  12. The worst thing about some men is that when they are not drunk they are sober.
  13. Talent perceives differences; genius, unity.
  14. The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.
  15. You that would judge me, do not judge alone this book or that, come to this hallowed place where my friends’ portraits hang and look thereon; Ireland’s history in their lineaments trace; think where man’s glory most begins and ends and say my glory was I had such friends.
  16. Take, if you must, this little bag of dreams, Unloose the cord, and they will wrap you round.
  17. Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.
  18. Come away, O human child: To the waters and the wild with a fairy, hand in hand, For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.
  19. We are happy when for everything inside us there is a corresponding something outside us.
  20. 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.
  21. Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.
  22. Why should we honour those that die upon the field of battle? A man may show as reckless a courage in entering into the abyss of himself.
  23. How far away the stars seem, and how far is our first kiss, and ah, how old my heart.

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