William Butler Yeats Quotes

Those images that yet Fresh images beget, That dolphin-torn, that gong-tormented sea.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet. Byzantium (l. 38-40). . . The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Richard J. Finneran, ed. (1989) Macmillan.
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"What can be shown? What true love be? All could be known or shown If Time were but gone."
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "III. Crazy Jane on the Day of Judgment."
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An age is the reversal of an age: When strangers murdered Emmet, Fitzgerald, Tone, We lived like men that watch a painted stage. What matter for the scene, the scene once gone: It had not touched our lives.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "Parnell's Funeral."
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O sweet everlasting Voices, be still; Go to the guards of the heavenly fold And bid them wander obeying your will, Flame under flame, till Time be no more....
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "The Everlasting Voices."
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The cold wet winds ever blowing, And the shadowy hazel grove Where mouse-grey waters are flowing, Threaten the head that I love.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "The Pity of Love."
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It were sad to gaze on the blessèd and no man I loved of old there; I throw down the chain of small stones! when life in my body has ceased, I will go to Caoilte, and Conan, and Bran, Sceolan, Lomair, And dwell in the house of the Fenians, be they in flames or at feast.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "The Wanderings of Oisin."
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While on the shop and street I gazed My body of a sudden blazed; And twenty minutes more or less It seemed, so great my happiness, That I was blessèd and could bless.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "Vacillation."
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A drunkard is a dead man And all dead men are drunk.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "A Drunken Man's Praise of Sobriety."
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What if the Church and the State Are the mob that howls at the door! Wine shall run thick to the end, Bread taste sour.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "Church and State."
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"Love is all Unsatisfied That cannot take the whole Body and soul...."
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "III. Crazy Jane on the Day of Judgment."
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