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William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) quotes


  • An intellectual hatred is the worst.
  • And say my glory was I had such friends.
  • But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; tread softly because you are treading on my dreams.
  • 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.
  • I heard the old, old, men say 'all that's beautiful drifts away, like the waters'.
  • 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.
  • If suffering brings wisdom, I would wish to be less wise.
  • Nor dread nor hope attend a dying animal; a man awaits his end dreading and hoping all.
  • Too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart. O when may it suffice?
  • We are happy when for everything inside of us there is a corresponding something outside us.