William Blake Quotes

The Maiden caught me in the Wild, Where I was dancing merrily; She put me into her Cabinet And Lock'd me up with a golden Key.
William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. The Crystal Cabinet (l. 1-4). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
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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 (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957). "A Vision of the Last Judgement," (1810).
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And all must love the human form, In heathen, Turk, or Jew. Where Mercy, Love, and Pity dwell There God is dwelling too.
William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. From SONGS OF INNOCENCE. The Divine Image (l. 17-20). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
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Thinking as I do that the Creator of this world is a very cruel being, & being a worshipper of Christ, I cannot help saying: "the Son, O how unlike the Father!" First God Almighty comes with a thump on the head. Then Jesus Christ comes with a balm to heal it.
William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. A Vision of the Last Judgement (1810), repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957).
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For Mercy has a human heart, Pity, a human face; And Love, the human form divine, And Peace, the human dress.
William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. From SONGS OF INNOCENCE. The Divine Image (l. 9-12). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
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You cannot have Liberty in this world without what you call Moral Virtue, & you cannot have Moral Virtue without the slavery of that half of the human race who hate what you call Moral Virtue.
William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957). A Vision of the Last Judgment (c. 1810).
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"Such, such were the joys When we all, girls and boys, In our youth time were seen On the Echoing Green."
William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. From SONGS OF INNOCENCE. The Echoing Green (l. 17-20). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
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Prepare your hearts for Death's cold hand! prepare Your souls for flight, your bodies for the earth; Prepare your arms for glorious victory; Prepare your eyes to meet a holy God! Prepare, prepare!
William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. A War Song to Englishmen (l. 6-10). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
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If thought is life And strength & breath, And the want Of thought is death; Then am I A happy fly, If I live, Or if I die.
William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. The Fly (l. 13-20). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
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What is grand is necessarily obscure to weak men. That which can be made explicit to the idiot is not worth my care.
William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. letter, Aug. 23, 1799. Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957).
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