Facts about William Butler Yeats

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William Butler Yeats was a famous Poet from Ireland, who lived between June 13, 1865 and January 28, 1939. He/she became 73 years old.

Zodiac etc.

He/she is born under the zodiac gemini, who is known for Communication, Indecision, Inquisitive, Intelligent, Changeable. Our collection contains 58 quotes who is written / told by William, under the main topics: Anger, Education.

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Famous quotes by William Butler Yeats (58)


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"The worst thing about some men is that when they are not drunk they are sober"
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"There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met"
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"Tread softly because you tread on my dreams"
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"Think where mans glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends"
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"Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people"
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"Irish poets, learn your trade, sing whatever is well made, scorn the sort now growing up all out of shape from toe to top"
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"In dreams begins responsibility"
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"Nor dread nor hope attend a dying animal; a man awaits his end dreading and hoping all"
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"I think it better that in times like these a poet's mouth be silent, for in truth we have no gift to set a statesman right"
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"Those that I fight I do not hate, those that I guard I do not love"
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"I wonder anybody does anything at Oxford but dream and remember, the place is so beautiful. One almost expects the people to sing instead of speaking. It is all like an opera"
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"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"
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"You know what the Englishman's idea of compromise is? He says, Some people say there is a God. Some people say there is no God. The truth probably lies somewhere between these two statements"
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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"
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"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"
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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"
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"We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry"
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"We are happy when for everything inside us there is a corresponding something outside us"
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"The only business of the head in the world is to bow a ceaseless obeisance to the heart"
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"The light of lights looks always on the motive, not the deed, the shadow of shadows on the deed alone"
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"The innocent and the beautiful have no enemy but time"
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"The creations of a great writer are little more than the moods and passions of his own heart, given surnames and Christian names, and sent to walk the earth"
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"The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity"
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"Take, if you must, this little bag of dreams, Unloose the cord, and they will wrap you round"
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"People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind"
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"Out of Ireland have we come, great hatred, little room, maimed us at the start. I carry from my mother's womb a fanatic heart"
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"One should not lose one's temper unless one is certain of getting more and more angry to the end"
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"Once you attempt legislation upon religious grounds, you open the way for every kind of intolerance and religious persecution"
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"I know that I shall meet my fate somewhere among the clouds above; those that I fight I do not hate, those that I guard I do not love"
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"I heard the old, old, men say 'all that's beautiful drifts away, like the waters.'"
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"I have known more men destroyed by the desire to have wife and child and to keep them in comfort than I have seen destroyed by drink and harlots"
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"I have believed the best of every man. And find that to believe is enough to make a bad man show him at his best, or even a good man swings his lantern higher"
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"I balanced all, brought all to mind, the years to come seemed waste of breath, a waste of breath the years behind, in balance with this life, this death"
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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"
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"I am of a healthy long lived race, and our minds improve with age"
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"How far away the stars seem, and how far is our first kiss, and ah, how old my heart"
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"How can we know the dancer from the dance?"
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"Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing"
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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"
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"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire"
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"Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking"
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"Designs in connection with postage stamps and coinage may be described, I think, as the silent ambassadors on national taste"
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"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!"
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"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"
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"Choose your companions from the best; Who draws a bucket with the rest soon topples down the hill"
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"Cast your mind on other days that we in coming days may be still the indomitable Irishry"
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"But was there ever dog that praised his fleas?"
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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"
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"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"
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"Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy"
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"Be secret and exult, Because of all things known That is most difficult"
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"And say my glory was I had such friends"
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"An intellectual hatred is the worst"
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"An aged man is but a paltry thing, a tattered coat upon a stick, unless soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing for every tatter in its mortal dress"
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"All empty souls tend toward extreme opinions"
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"Accursed who brings to light of day the writings I have cast away"
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"A pity beyond all telling is hid in the heart of love"
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"A line will take us hours maybe; Yet if it does not seem a moment's thought, our stitching and unstitching has been naught"


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