William Butler Yeats Quotes & Wallpapers

William Butler Yeats
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Speech after long silence; it is right, All other lovers being estranged or dead . . . That we descant and yet again descant Upon the supreme theme of Art and Song: Bodily decrepitude is wisdom; young We loved each other and were ignorant. William Butler Yeats

The brawling of a sparrow in the eaves The brilliant moon and all the milky sky And all that famous harmony of leaves Had blotted out man's image and his cry. William Butler Yeats

My father was an angry and impatient teacher and flung the reading book at my head. William Butler Yeats

Sweetheart, do not love too long: I loved long and long, And grew to be out of fashion Like an old song. William Butler Yeats

What can books of men that wive In a dragon-guarded land, Paintings of the dolphin-drawn Sea-nymphs in their pearly wagons Do, but awake a hope to live...? William Butler Yeats

The women take so little stock In what I do or say They'd sooner leave their cosseting To hear a jackass bray.... William Butler Yeats

for never yet Has lover lived, but longed to wive Like them that are no more alive. William Butler Yeats

But stories that live longest Are sung above the glass, And Parnell loved his country And Parnell loved his lass. William Butler Yeats

Both nuns and mothers worship images, But those the candles light are not as those That animate a mother's reveries, But keep a marble or a bronze repose. William Butler Yeats

The wrong of unshapely things is a wrong too great to be told; I hunger to build them anew and sit on a green knoll apart.... William Butler Yeats

My chair was nearest to the fire In every company That talked of love or politics, Ere Time transfigured me. William Butler Yeats

He Who is wrapped in purple robes, With planets in His care, Had pity on the least of things Asleep upon a chair. William Butler Yeats

Never shall a young man, Thrown into despair By those great honey-coloured Ramparts at your ear, Love you for yourself alone And not your yellow hair. William Butler Yeats

When we are high and airy hundreds say That if we hold that flight they'll leave the place, While those same hundreds mock another day Because we have made our art of common things ... William Butler Yeats

My father upon the Abbey stage, before him a raging crowd. "This Land of Saints," and then as the applause died out, "Of plaster Saints;" his beautiful mischievous head thrown back. William Butler Yeats

Once out of nature I shall never take My bodily form from any natural thing, But such a form as Grecian goldsmiths make Of hammered gold and gold enameling To keep a drowsy Emperor awake; Or set upon a golden bough to sing To lords and ladies of Byzantium Of what is past, or passing, or to come. William Butler Yeats

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

Now I know That twenty centuries of stony sleep Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle, And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born? William Butler Yeats

We have fallen in the dreams the ever-living Breathe on the tarnished mirror of the world, And then smooth out with ivory hands and sigh. William Butler Yeats

Everything in nature is resurrection. William Butler Yeats

Tis the eternal law, That first in beauty should be first in might. William Butler Yeats

Life is a journey up a spiral staircase; as we grow older we cover the ground covered we have covered before, only higher up; as we look down the winding stair below us we measure our progress by the number of places where we were but no longer are. The journey is both repetitious and progressive; we go both round and upward. William Butler Yeats

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

The only enemy of innocence and beauty is time. William Butler Yeats

I heard the old, old men say, 'Everything alters, And one by one we drop away.' They had hands like claws, and their knees Were twisted like the old thorn-trees By the waters. I heard the old, old men say, 'All that's beautiful drifts away Like the waters. William Butler Yeats

When I play on my fiddle in Dooney, Folk dance like a wave of the sea. William Butler Yeats

I am content to follow to its source Every event in action or in thought; Measure the lot; forgive myself the lot! When such as I cast out remorse So great a sweetness flows into the breast We must laugh and we must sing, We are blest by everything, Everything we look upon is blest. William Butler Yeats

Under bare Ben Bulben's head In Drumcliff churchyard Yeats is laid. William Butler Yeats

Hearts are not had as a gift but hearts are earned... William Butler Yeats

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. I lift the glass to my mouth, I look at you, and I sigh. William Butler Yeats

If a poet interprets a poem of his own he limits its suggestibility. William Butler Yeats

The things a man has heard and seen are threads of life, and if he pull them carefully from the confused distaff of memory, any who will can weave them into whatever garments of belief please them best. I too have woven my garment like another, but I shall try to keep warm in it, and shall be well content if it do not unbecome me. William Butler Yeats

There is another world, but it is in this one. William Butler Yeats

How but in custom and in ceremony are innocence and beauty born? William Butler Yeats

How far away the stars seem, and how far is our first kiss, and ah, how old my heart. William Butler Yeats

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

All art is in the last analysis an endeavor to condense as out of the flying vapor of the world an image of human perfection, and for its own and not for the art's sake. William Butler Yeats

When I play on my fiddle in Dooney Folk dance like a wave on the sea. William Butler Yeats

The Land of Faery, Where nobody gets old and godly and grave, Where nobody gets old and crafty and wise, Where nobody gets old and bitter of tongue. William Butler Yeats

It takes more courage to dig deep in the dark corners of your own soul and the back alleys of your society than it does for a soldier to fight on the battlefield. William Butler Yeats

All think what other people think; All know the man their neighbor knows. Lord, what would they say Did their Catullus walk that way? William Butler Yeats

But bear in mind your lover's wage Is what your looking-glass can show, And that he will turn green with rage At all that is not pictured there. William Butler Yeats

Even the wisest man grows tense With some sort of violence Before he can accomplish fate, Know his work or choose his mate. Poet and sculptor, do the work, Nor let the modish painter shirk William Butler Yeats

I bear a burden that might well try Men that do all by rule, And what can I That am a wandering-witted fool But pray to God that He ease My great responsibilities? William Butler Yeats

Earth in beauty dressed Awaits returning spring. All true love must die, Alter at the best Into some lesser thing. Prove that I lie. William Butler Yeats

A living man is blind and drinks his drop. What matter if the ditches are impure? What matter if I live it all once more? William Butler Yeats

There is no release In a bodkin or disease, Nor can there be a work so great As that which cleans man's dirty slate. William Butler Yeats

Let the new faces play what tricks they will In the old rooms; night can outbalance day, Our shadows rove the garden gravel still, The living seem more shadowy than they. William Butler Yeats

Come, fix upon me that accusing eye. I thirst for accusation. All that was sung. All that was said in Ireland is a lie Breed out of the contagion of the throng, Saving the rhyme rats hear before they die. William Butler Yeats

Though pedantry denies, It's plain the Bible means That Solomon grew wise While talking with his queens.... William Butler Yeats

And there's a score of duchesses, surpassing womankind, Or who have found a painter to make them so for pay And smooth out stain and blemish with the elegance of his mind: I knew a phoenix in my youth, so let them have their day. William Butler Yeats

Gaze no more in the bitter glass The demons, with their subtle guile, Lift up before us when they pass, Or only gaze a little while.... William Butler Yeats

Ah, let us kiss each other's eyes,/And laugh our love away. William Butler Yeats

What shall I do for pretty girls Now my old bawd is dead? William Butler Yeats

When I think of all the books I have read, and of the wise words I have heard spoken, and of the anxiety I have given to parents and grandparents, and of the hopes that I have had, all life weighed in the scales of my own life seems to me a preparation for something that never happens. William Butler Yeats

The common breeds the common, A lout begets a lout, So when I take on half a score I knock their heads about. William Butler Yeats

On the grey rock of Cashel I suddenly saw A Sphinx with woman breast and lion paw, A Buddha, hand at rest, Hand lifted up that blest; And right between these two a girl at play That, it may be, had danced her life away.... William Butler Yeats

even The bed of love, that in the imagination Had seemed to be the giver of all peace, Is no more than a wine-cup in the tasting, And as soon finished. William Butler Yeats

Who understood Whatever has been said, sighed, sung, Howled, miau-d, barked, brayed, belled, yelled, cried, crowed ... William Butler Yeats

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

Swift has sailed into his rest; Savage indignation there Cannot lacerate his breast Imitate him if you dare, World-besotted traveler; he Served human liberty. William Butler Yeats

Everything that's lovely is But a brief, dreamy kind of delight. William Butler Yeats

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

Joy is the will which labors, which overcomes obstacles, which knows triumph. William Butler Yeats

We can make our minds so like still water that beings gather about us that they may see, it may be, their own images, and so live for a moment with a clearer, perhaps even with a fiercer life because of our quiet. William Butler Yeats

Let us go forth, the tellers of tales, and seize whatever prey the heart long for, and have no fear. Everything exists, everything is true, and the earth is only a little dust under our feet. William Butler Yeats

I carry from my mother's womb a fanatic's heart. William Butler Yeats

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

There is no deformity But saves us from a dream. William Butler Yeats

Art bids us touch and taste and hear and see the world, and shrinks from what Blake calls mathematic form, from every abstract form, from all that is of the brain only. William Butler Yeats



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