Famous quote by William Butler Yeats

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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 li
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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"

- William Butler Yeats

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This quote by William Butler Yeats is a reminder that understanding is just useful if it is used. It is easy to end up being overwhelmed by the amount of details readily available to us, however if we do not use it to make a difference in our lives, it is essentially lost. Yeats likewise suggests that when we are feeling overwhelmed by life, we can turn to books for solace. Books offer us with a sense of companionship and understanding, as the characters within them have no ulterior intentions or hidden agendas. Eventually, this quote encourages us to utilize the understanding we gain from books to make a favorable effect in our lives and to turn to them for convenience when we require it.

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Ireland Flag This quote is written / told by William Butler Yeats between June 13, 1865 and January 28, 1939. He/she was a famous Poet from Ireland. The author also have 57 other quotes.

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