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    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.
    — William Butler Yeats
    tags: sleep  fire  eyes  book  read  dreams 
     
    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.
    — William Butler Yeats
    tags: world  anarchy  innocence 
     
    In dreams begins responsibility.
    — William Butler Yeats
    There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met.
    — William Butler Yeats
    tags: friends 
     
    Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.
    — William Butler Yeats
    tags: men  people  language  wise 
     
    The chief imagination of Christendom,Dante Alighieri, so utterly found himselfThat he has made that hollow face of hisMore plain to the mind's eye than any faceBut that of Christ.
    — William Butler Yeats
    tags: eyes  christ  mind  imagination 
     
    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!
    — William Butler Yeats
    tags: world  dance 
     
    Take, if you must, this little bag of dreams, Unloose the cord, and they will wrap you round.
    — William Butler Yeats
    tags: dreams 
     
    The light of lights looks always on the motive, not the deed, the shadow of shadows on the deed alone.
    — William Butler Yeats
    tags: alone 
     
    I had a chair at every hearth,When no one turned to see,With 'Look at that old fellow there,'And who may he be?
    — William Butler Yeats
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.
    — William Butler Yeats
    All empty souls tend toward extreme opinions.
    — William Butler Yeats
    tags: soul  opinion  extreme 
     
    We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry.
    — William Butler Yeats
    tags: poetry 
     
    Wine enters through the mouth, Love, the eyes. I raise the glass to my mouth, I look at you, I sigh.
    — William Butler Yeats
    tags: eyes 
     
    The Irishman sustains himself during brief periods of joy by the knowledge that tragedy is just around the corner.
    — William Butler Yeats
    tags: joy  tragedy 
     
    The true poet is all the time a visionary and whether with friends or not, as much alone as a man on his death bed.
    — William Butler Yeats
    tags: death  time  men  friends  alone  true  poet 
     
    One had a lovely face,And two or three had charm,But charm and face were in vain.Because the mountain grassCannot keep the formWhere the mountain hare has lain.
    — William Butler Yeats
    tags: charm 
     
    Literature is always personal, always one man's vision of the world, one man's experience, and it can only be popular when men are ready to welcome the visions of others.
    — William Butler Yeats
    Choose your companions from the best; Who draws a bucket with the rest soon topples down the hill.
    — William Butler Yeats
    tags: companion 
     
    Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
    — William Butler Yeats
    tags: fire  education 
     
    We taste and feel and see the truth. We do not reason ourselves into it.
    — William Butler Yeats
    tags: truth 
     
    Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.
    — William Butler Yeats
    There is another world, but it is in this one.
    — William Butler Yeats
    tags: world 
     
    Rose of all Roses, Rose of all the World!You, too, have come where the dim tides are hurled.Upon the wharves of sorrow, and heard ringThe bell that calls us on; the sweet far thing.
    — William Butler Yeats
    tags: sorrow 
     
    What if the Church and the StateAre the mob that howls at the door!Wine shall run thick to the end,Bread taste sour.
    — William Butler Yeats
    tags: church 
     
    And wisdom is a butterflyAnd not a gloomy bird of prey....
    — William Butler Yeats
    tags: wisdom 
     
    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
    Cast a cold eye on life, on death Horseman pass by
    — William Butler Yeats
    tags: death  eyes 
     
    I had still the ambition, formed in Sligo in my teens, of living in imitation of Thoreau on Innisfree, a little island in Lough Gill, and when walking through Fleet Street very homesick I heard a little tinkle of water and saw a fountain in a shop window which balanced a little ball upon its jet, and began to remember lake water. From the sudden remembrance came my poem Innisfree.
    — William Butler Yeats
    tags: living  ambition  water  teen  poem 
     
    Man can embody truth but he cannot know it.
    — William Butler Yeats
    tags: truth  men 
     
    Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.
    — William Butler Yeats
    The innocent and the beautiful have no enemy but time.
    — William Butler Yeats
    tags: enemies  time  beautiful  enemy 
     
    And a softness came from the starlight and filled me full to the bone.
    — William Butler Yeats
    Beloved, let your eyes half close, and your heart beatOver my heart, and your hair fall over my breast,Drowning love's lonely hour in deep twilight of rest....
    — William Butler Yeats
    tags: heart  eyes 
     
    Any fool can fight a winning battle, but it needs character to fight a losing one, and that should inspire us; which reminds me that I dreamed the other night that I was being hanged, but was the life and soul of the party.
    — William Butler Yeats
    By logic and reason we die hourly; by imagination we live.
    — William Butler Yeats
    tags: live  logic  die  imagination 
     
    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.
    — William Butler Yeats
    tags: truth  die 
     
    only an aching heartConceives a changeless work of art.
    — William Butler Yeats
    tags: work 
     
    Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.
    — William Butler Yeats
    tags: joy  tragedy 
     
    The pain others give passes away in their later kindness, but that of our own blunders, especially when they hurt our vanity, never passes away
    — William Butler Yeats
    tags: pain  kindness  hurt 
     
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    william butler yeats
    Birth    : June 13, 1865
    Death  : January 28, 1939
    Occupation  : Poet