William Butler Yeats Quotes

A beggar said, "They get the most Whom man or devil cannot tire, And what could make their muscles taut Unless desire had made them so?"
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "The Three Beggars."
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Many times man lives and dies Betweeen his two eternities, That of race and that of soul, And ancient Ireland knew it all. Whether man die in his bed Or the rifle knocks him dead,
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet. Under Ben Bulben (l. 13-18). . . The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Richard J. Finneran, ed. (1989) Macmillan.
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Greater glory in the sun, An evening chill upon the air, Bid imagination run Much on the Great Questioner; What He can question, what if questioned I Can with a fitting confidence reply.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "At Algeciras a Meditation upon Death."
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A barnacle goose Far up in the stretches of night; night splits and the dawn breaks loose; I, through the terrible novelty of light, stalk on, stalk on; Those great sea-horses bare their teeth and laugh at the dawn.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "High Talk."
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Now days are dragon-ridden, the nightmare Rides upon sleep: a drunken soldiery Can leave the mother, murdered at her door, To crawl in her own blood, and go scot-free; The night can sweat with terror as before We pieced our thoughts into philosophy....
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen."
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Winter and summer till old age began My circus animals were all on show, Those stilted boys, that burnished chariot, Lion and woman and the Lord knows what.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet. The Circus Animals' Desertion (l. 5-8). . . The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Richard J. Finneran, ed. (1989) Macmillan.
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I sat on cushioned otter-skin: My word was law from Ith to Emain, And shook at Invar Amargin The hearts of the world-troubling seamen, And drove tumult and war away....
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "The Madness of King Goll."
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"You that have wandered far and wide Can ravel out what's in my head. Do men who least desire get most, Or get the most who most desire?"
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "The Three Beggars."
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Cast your mind on other days That we in coming days may be Still the indomitable Irishry.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet. Under Ben Bulben (l. 81-83). . . The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Richard J. Finneran, ed. (1989) Macmillan.
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We, too, had good attendance once, Hearers and hearteners of the work; Aye, horsemen for companions, Before the merchant and the clerk Breathed on the world with timid breath.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "At Galway Races."
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