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All Quotes by author - William Butler Yeats
" Accursed who brings to light of day the writings I have cast away. "
" A line will take us hours maybe; Yet if it does not seem a moment's thought, our stitching and unstitching has been naught. "
" All empty souls tend toward extreme opinions. "
" An aged man is but a paltry thing, a tattered coat upon a stick, unless soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing for every tatter in its mortal dress. "
" And say my glory was I had such friends. "
" An intellectual hatred is the worst. "
" A pity beyond all telling is hid in the heart of love. "
" 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. "
" Books are but waste paper unless we spend in action the wisdom we get from thought - asleep. When we are weary of the living, we may repair to the dead, who have nothing of peevishness, pride, or design in their conversation. "
" But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams. "
" But was there ever dog that praised his fleas? "
" Cast your mind on other days that we in coming days may be still the indomitable Irishry. "
" Choose your companions from the best; Who draws a bucket with the rest soon topples down the hill. "
" Come away, O human child: To the waters and the wild with a fairy, hand in hand, For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand. "
" 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! "
" Designs in connection with postage stamps and coinage may be described, I think, as the silent ambassadors on national taste. "
" Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking. "
" Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. "
" Every conquering temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before. "
" Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing. "
" How can we know the dancer from the dance? "
" How far away the stars seem, and how far is our first kiss, and ah, how old my heart. "
" I am of a healthy long lived race, and our minds improve with age. "
" I am still of opinion that only two topics can be of the least interest to a serious and studious mood - sex and the dead. "
" 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. "
" If suffering brings wisdom, I would wish to be less wise. "
" I have believed the best of every man. And find that to believe is enough to make a bad man show him at his best, or even a good man swings his lantern higher. "
" I have known more men destroyed by the desire to have wife and child and to keep them in comfort than I have seen destroyed by drink and harlots. "
" I heard the old, old, men say 'all that's beautiful drifts away, like the waters.' "
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