William Butler Yeats Quotes

on the instant clamorous eaves, A climbing moon upon an empty sky, And all that lamentation of the leaves, Could but compose man's image and his cry.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "The Sorrow of Love."
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the embattled flaming multitude Who rise, wing above wing, flame above flame, And, like a storm, cry the Ineffable Name, And with the clashing of their sword-blades make A rapturous music, till the morning break....
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "To Some I have Talked with by the Fire."
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All that could run or leap or swim Whether in wood, water or cloud, Acclaiming, proclaiming, declaiming Him.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "XXI. The Dancer at Cruachan and Cro-Patrick."
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Considering that, all hatred driven hence, The soul recovers radical innocence And learns at last that it is self-delighting, Self-appeasing, self-affrighting, And that its own sweet will is Heaven's will;
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet. A Prayer for My Daughter (l. 65-69). . . The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Richard J. Finneran, ed. (1989) Macmillan.
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I would that the Boar without bristles had come from the West And had rooted the sun and moon and stars out of the sky And lay in the darkness, grunting, and turning to his rest.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "He Mourns for the Change That Has Come upon Him and His Beloved, and Longs for the End of the World."
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All that I have said and done, Now that I am old and ill, Turns into a question till I lie awake night after night And never get the answers right.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "Man and the Echo."
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Bring the balloon of the mind That bellies and drags in the wind Into its narrow shed.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "The Balloon of the Mind."
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Man can embody truth but he cannot know it.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. letter, Jan. 4, 1939. The Letters of W.B. Yeats, ed. Allan Wade (1954). Yeats died Jan. 28, 1939.
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And now the sparrows warring in the eaves, The curd-pale moon, the white stars in the sky, And the loud chaunting of the unquiet leaves, Are shaken with earth's old and weary cry.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet. The Sorrow of Love (l. 9-12). . . The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Richard J. Finneran, ed. (1989) Macmillan.
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While I wrought out these fitful Danaan rhymes, My heart would brim with dreams about the times When we bent down above the fading coals And talked of the dark folk who live in souls Of passionate men, like bats in the dead trees....
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "To Some I have Talked with by the Fire."
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