William Butler Yeats 13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939

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Designs in connection with postage stamps and coinage may be described, I think, as the silent ambassadors on national taste.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. Speech, March 3, 1926, to the Seanad Eireann, the Irish Senate, on the coinage bill.
It is most important that we should keep in this country a certain leisured class.... I am of the opinion of the ancient Jewish book which says "there is no wisdom without leisure."
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. Speech, March 28, 1923, to the Seanad Eireann, the Irish Senate.
I think you can leave the arts, superior or inferior, to the conscience of mankind.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. Speech, June 7, 1923, to the Irish Senate. On the Censorship of Films Bill.

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I studied Yeats' poems at university and liked most of them, not all them. I still read what I think are his best poems, like 'Easter 1916'. Yeats is very much an Irish poet, but also English in many ways.
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