William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats (13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939) was an Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature. A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, he helped to found the Abbey Theatre, and in his later years served as an Irish Senator for two terms.  In 1923, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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There are no strangers here, only friends you haven't yet met.

Designs in connection with postage stamps and coinage may be described, I think, as the silent ambassadors on national taste.

I know that I shall meet my fate somewhere among the clouds above, those that I fight I do not hate, those that I guard I do not love.

This melancholy London - I sometimes imagine that the souls of the lost are compelled to walk through its streets perpetually. One feels them passing like a whiff of air.

I think you can leave the arts superior or inferior to the conscience of mankind.

The worst thing about some men is that when they are not drunk they are sober.

Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.

I heard the old old men say 'all that's beautiful drifts away like the waters.'

How can we know the dancer from the dance?

I am of a healthy long lived race, and our minds improve with age.

Those that I fight I do not hate, those that I guard I do not love.

How far away the stars seem and how far is our first kiss and ah how old my heart.

Come Fairies take me out of this dull world for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!

Being Irish he had an abiding sense of tragedy which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.

Be secret and exult Because of all things known That is most difficult.

I balanced all brought all to mind the years to come seemed waste of breath a waste of breath the years behind in balance with this life this death.

Once you attempt legislation upon religious grounds you open the way for every kind of intolerance and religious persecution.

But was there ever dog that praised his fleas?

The innocent and the beautiful have no enemy but time.

Out of Ireland have we come great hatred little room maimed us at the start. I carry from my mother's womb a fanatic heart.

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