William Butler Yeats Quotes

Under bare Ben Bulben's head In Drumcliff churchyard Yeats is laid. An ancestor was rector there Long years ago, a church stands near, By the road an ancient cross. No marble, no conventional phrase; On limestone quarried near the spot By his command these words are cut: Cast a cold eye On life, on death. Horseman pass by!
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. Under Ben Bulben, pt. 6, Last Poems (1939). The last three lines are engraved on Yeats's gravestone, in Drumcliff, north of Sligo.
(5) (0)
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.
(109) (72)
Is there a bridle for this Proteus That turns and changes like his draughty seas? Or is there none, most popular of men, But when they mock us, that we mock again?
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "At the Abbey Theatre."
(2) (0)
And there's a score of duchesses, surpassing womankind, Or who have found a painter to make them so for pay And smooth out stain and blemish with the elegance of his mind: I knew a phoenix in my youth, so let them have their day.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "His Phoenix."
(2) (0)
So the Platonic Year Whirls out new right and wrong, Whirls in the old instead; All men are dancers and their tread Goes to the barbarous clangour of a gong.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen."
(4) (0)
I sought a theme and sought for it in vain, I sought it daily for six weeks or so.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet. The Circus Animals' Desertion (l. 1-2). . . The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Richard J. Finneran, ed. (1989) Macmillan.
(2) (0)
That if a dancer stayed his hungry foot It seemed the sun and moon were in the fruit:
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet. The Man Who Dreamed of Faeryland (l. 23-24). . . The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Richard J. Finneran, ed. (1989) Macmillan.
(2) (0)
"No, not another song," said he, "Because my lady came A year ago for the first time At midnight to my room, And I must lie between the sheets When the clock begins to chime."
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "The Three Bushes."
(2) (0)
Under bare Ben Bulben's head In Drumcliff churchyard Yeats is laid.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet. Under Ben Bulben (l. 84-85). . . The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Richard J. Finneran, ed. (1989) Macmillan.
(2) (1)
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.
(110) (64)