William Blake Quotes & Wallpapers

William Blake
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Rome & Greece swept Art into their maw & destroy'd it; a Warlike State never can produce Art. It will Rob & Plunder & accumulate into one place, & Translate & Copy & Buy & Sell & Criticize, but not Make. William Blake
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The hand of Vengeance found the Bed To which the Purple Tyrant fled The iron hand crush'd the tyrant's head And became Tyrant in his stead. William Blake
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Commerce is so far from being beneficial to Arts or to Empire, that it is destructive of both, as all their History shows, for the above Reason of Individual Merit being its Great Hatred. Empires flourish till they become Commercial and then they are scattered abroad to the four winds William Blake
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Forgiveness of enemies can only come upon their repentance. William Blake
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When the voices of children are heard on the green And laughing is heard on the hill, My heart is at rest within my breast And everything else is still. William Blake
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The tygers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction. William Blake
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In every cry of every Man, In every Infant's cry of fear, In every voice, in every ban, The mind-forg'd manacles I hear. William Blake
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Every tear from every eye Becomes a babe in eternity. William Blake
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I must Create a System, or be enslav'd by another Man's; I will not Reason and Compare: my business is to Create. William Blake
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What is a Wife & what is a Harlot? What is a Church & What Is a Theatre? are they Two & not One? can they Exist Separate? Are not Religion & Politics the Same Thing? Brotherhood is Religion O Demonstrations of Reason Dividing Families in Cruelty & Pride! William Blake
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God forbid that Truth should be confined to Mathematical Demonstration! William Blake
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To some people a tree is something so incredibly beautiful that it brings tears to the eyes. To others it is just a green thing that stands in the way. William Blake
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More! More! is the cry of a mistaken soul. William Blake
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Abstinence sows sand all over The ruddy limbs and flaming hair, But desire gratified Plants fruits of life and beauty there. William Blake
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Nature in darkness groans and men are bound to sullen contemplation in the night: restless they turn on beds of sorrow; in their inmost brain feeling the crushing wheels, they rise, they write the bitter words of stern philosophy and knead the bread of knowledge with tears and groans. William Blake
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Oh! why was I born with a different face? why was I not born like the rest of my race? when I look,each one starts! when I speak, I offend; then Im silent & passive & lose every friend. Then my verse I dishonour, my pictures despise, my person degrade & my temper chastise; and the pen is my terror, the pencil my shame; all my talents I bury, and dead is my fame. Im either too low or too highly prized; when elate I m envy'd, when meek Im despis'd William Blake
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Desperate remorse swallows the present in a quenchless rage. William Blake
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Where any view of money exists, art cannot be carried on. William Blake
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When nations grow old the Arts grow cold And commerce settles on every tree William Blake
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In the universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between, there are doors. William Blake
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'Come hither, my boy, tell me what thou seest there?' 'A fool tangled in a religious snare.' William Blake
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Celebrate your existence! William Blake
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He who wants, but doesn't act, is a pest. William Blake
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A robin red breast in a cage Puts all Heaven in a rage. William Blake
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I will not cease from mental fight, Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand, Till we have built Jerusalem, In England's green and pleasant land. William Blake
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To Chloe's breast young Cupid slily stole, But he crept in at Myra's pocket-hole. William Blake
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He whose face gives no light, shall never become a star. William Blake
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The man who never alters his opinions is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind. William Blake
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To create a little flower is the labor of ages. William Blake
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He who has few things to desire cannot have many to fear. William Blake
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When the doors of perception are cleansed, men will see things as they truly are, infinite. William Blake
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The Vision of Christ that thou dost see, Is my vision's greatest enemy. Thine is the Friend of all Mankind, Mine speaks in Parables to the blind. Thine loves the same world that mine hates, Thy heaven-doors are my hell gates. William Blake
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Man was made for joy and woe Then when this we rightly know Through the world we safely go. Joy and woe are woven fine A clothing for the soul to bind. William Blake
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Where lambs have nibbled, silent moves the feet of angels bright; unseen they pour blessing, and joy without ceasing, on each bud and blossom, and each sleeping bosom. William Blake
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My mother bore me in the southern wild, And I am black, but O! my soul is white; White as an angel is the English child, But I am black as if bereaved of light. William Blake
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The Stolen and Perverted Writings of Homer & Ovid, of Plato & Cicero, which all men ought to contemn, are set up by artifice against the Sublime of the Bible William Blake
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My mother groaned, my father wept, into the dangerous world I leapt. William Blake
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For I dance And drink and sing, Till some blind hand Shall brush my wing. If thought is life And strength and breath And the want Of thought is death Then am I A happy fly If I live Or if I die William Blake
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He who sees the Infinite in all things sees God. William Blake
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The look of love alarms Because 'tis filled with fire; But the look of soft deceit Shall sin the lover's hire. William Blake
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How sweet I roamed from field to field, And tasted all the summer's pride, Till I the prince of love beheld, Who in the sunny beams did glide! William Blake
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Can I see another's woe, And not be in sorrow too? Can I see another's grief, And not seek for kind relief? Can I see a falling tear, And not feel my sorrow's share? Can a father see his child Weep, nor be with sorrow filled? Can a mother sit and hear An infant groan, an infant fear? No, no! never can it be! Never, never can it be! William Blake
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If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thru chinks of his cavern. I see every thing I paint in this world, but everybody does not see alike. To the eyes of a miser a guinea is more beautiful than the sun, and a bag worn with the use of money has more beautiful proportions than a vine filled with grapes. William Blake
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[L]et light Rise from the chambers of the east, and bring The honey'd dew that cometh on waking day. O radiant morning... William Blake
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Thou fair-hair'd angel of the evening, Now, whilst the sun rests on the mountains, light Thy bright torch of love; thy radiant crown Put on, and smile upon our evening bed! William Blake
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Why cannot the ear be closed to its own destruction? Or the glistening eye to the poison of a smile? William Blake
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God keep me from the divinity of Yes and Nothe Yea Nay Creeping Jesus, from supposing Up and Down to be the same thing as allexperimentalists must suppose. William Blake
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Down the winding cavern we groped our tedious way, till a void boundless as the nether sky appeared beneath us, and we held by the roots of trees and hung over this immensity; but I said: if you please we will commit ourselves to this void and see whether providence is here also. William Blake
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Better murder an infant in its cradle than nurse an unacted desire. William Blake
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It is not because Angels are Holier than Men or Devils that makes them Angels but because they do not Expect Holiness from one another but from God only William Blake
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No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings. William Blake
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Exuberance is beauty. William Blake
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Do what you will, this world's a fiction and is made up of contradiction. William Blake
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Every Night and every Morn Some to Misery are born. Every Morn and every Night Some are born to Sweet Delight, Some are born to Endless Night. William Blake
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[L]et light Rise from the chambers of the east, and bring The honey"d dew that cometh on waking day. O radiant morning... William Blake
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God is the poetic genius in each of us. William Blake
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The Woman that does not love your Frowns Will never embrace your smiles. William Blake
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The Foundation of Empire is Art & Science Remove them or Degrade them & the Empire is No More - Empire follows Art & Not Vice Versa as Englishmen suppose. William Blake
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...some say that Happiness is not Good for Mortals & they ought to be answerd that Sorrow is not fit for Immortals & is utterly useless to any one a blight never does good to a tree & if a blight kill not a tree but it still bear fruit let none say that the fruit was in consequence of the blight. William Blake
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Damn sneerers! William Blake
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Piping down the valleys wild, Piping songs of pleasant glee, On a cloud I saw a child, And he laughing said to me: Pipe a song about a Lamb. So I piped with merry cheer; Piper, pipe that song again. So I piped; he wept to hear. William Blake
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Sleep, sleep, beauty bright, Dreaming o'er the joys of night. Sleep, sleep: in thy sleep Little sorrows sit and weep. William Blake
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Hear the voice of the Bard, Who present, past, and future, sees; Whose ears have heard The Holy Word That walked among the ancient trees. William Blake
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O rose, thou art sick! The invisible worm, That flies in the night, In the howling storm, Has found out thy bed Of crimson joy, And his dark secret love Does thy life destroy. William Blake
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Little Fly, Thy summer's play My thoughtless hand Has brushed away. Am not I A fly like thee? Or art not thou A man like me? For I dance, And drink, and sing, Till some blind hand Shall brush my wing. William Blake
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When the stars threw down their spears, And water'd heaven with their tears, Did he smile his work to see? Did he who made the Lamb make thee? William Blake
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But Want of Money & the Distress of A Thief can never be alleged as the Cause of his Thieving, for many honest people endure greater hard ships with Fortitude. We must therefore seek the Cause else where than in want of Money for that is the Misers passion, not the Thiefs. William Blake
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And throughout all eternity I forgive you, you forgive me. William Blake
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To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour. William Blake
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The iron hand crush'd the Tyrant's head And became a Tyrant in his stead. William Blake
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