William Butler Yeats Quotes

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 (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "The Realists."
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I would that we were, my beloved, white birds on the foam of the sea! We tire of the flame of the meteor, before it can fade and flee; And the flame of the blue star of twilight, hung low on the rim of the sky, Has awaked in our hearts, my beloved, a sadness that may not die.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "The White Birds."
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When she, and though some said she played I said that she had danced heart's truth, Drew a knife to strike him dead, I could but leave him to his fate; For, no matter what is said, They had all that had their hate....
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "VII. Crazy Jane Grown Old Looks at the Dancers."
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Enough if the work has seemed, So did she your strength renew, A dream that a lion had dreamed Till the wilderness cried aloud.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "Against Unworthy Praise."
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"And did you keep no gold, Tom? You had three kegs," said he. "I never thought of that, Sir;" "Then want before you die." And want he did;
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "Colonel Martin."
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I know not what the younger dreams— Some vague Utopia—and she seems, When withered old and skeleton-gaunt, An image of such politics.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet. In Memory of Eva Gore-Booth and Con Markiewicz (l. 10-13). . . The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Richard J. Finneran, ed. (1989) Macmillan.
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How can I, that girl standing there, My attention fix On Roman or on Russian Or on Spanish politics?
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet. Politics (l. 1-4). . . The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Richard J. Finneran, ed. (1989) Macmillan.
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And cried, 'Before I am old I shall have written him one Poem maybe as cold And passionate as the dawn.'
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet. The Fisherman (l. 37-40). . . The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Richard J. Finneran, ed. (1989) Macmillan.
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What images are these That turn dull-eyed away, Or shift Time's filthy load, Straighten aged knees, Hesitate or stay? What heads shake or nod?
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "The Results of Thought."
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"... But a coarse old man am I, I choose the second-best, I forget it all awhile Upon a woman's breast." Day-break and a candle end.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "The Wild Old Wicked Man."
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