William Butler Yeats Quotes (32 quotations)

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1. A pity beyond all telling is hid in the heart of love. - William Butler Yeats

2. An aged man is but a paltry thing, a tattered coat upon a stick. - William Butler Yeats

3. And say my glory was I had such friends. - William Butler Yeats

4. Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy which sustained him through temporary periods of joy. - William Butler Yeats

5. Books are but waste paper unless we spend in action the wisdom we get from thought - asleep. When we are weary of the living, we may repair to the dead, who have nothing of peevishness, pride, or design in their conversation. - William Butler Yeats

6. But I, being poor, have only my dreams. I have spread my dreams under your feet. Tread softly, because you tread on my dreams. - William Butler Yeats

7. Come away,O human child! To the waters and the wild With a faery, hand in hand For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand - William Butler Yeats

8. Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking. - William Butler Yeats

9. Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. - William Butler Yeats

10. 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. - William Butler Yeats

11. Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing. - William Butler Yeats

12. Have not all races had their first unity from a mythology that marries them to rock and hill? - William Butler Yeats

13. How can we know the dancer from the dance? - William Butler Yeats

14. I heard the old, old, men say 'all that's beautiful drifts away, like the waters.' - William Butler Yeats

15. In dreams begins responsibility. - William Butler Yeats

16. Let the minor genius go his light way and enjoy his life - the great nature cannot so live, he is never really in holiday mood, even though he often plucks flowers by the wayside and ties them into knots and garlands like little children and lays out on a sunny morning. - William Butler Yeats

17. O what fine thought we had because we thought that the worst rogues and rascals had died out. - William Butler Yeats

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

19. Our own acts are isolated and one act does not buy absolution for another. - William Butler Yeats

20. People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind. - William Butler Yeats

21. The light of lights looks always on the motive, not the deed, the shadow of shadows on the deed alone. - William Butler Yeats

22. The person of wisdom is the person of years. - William Butler Yeats

23. The years like great black oxen tread the world,And God, the herdsman goads them on behind,And I am broken by their passing feet. - William Butler Yeats

24. Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people. - William Butler Yeats

25. Think where mans glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends. - William Butler Yeats

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